Crack­down af­ter fires lit in gar­dens

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ASERIAL ar­son­ist is on the loose in Crosby, set­ting fire to peo­ple’s gar­dens and a lo­cal na­ture re­serve.

Fires have been lit in the Rim­rose Val­ley area of Crosby dur­ing the past two weeks. The in­ci­dents have in­cluded trees, bushes and rub­bish be­ing set alight in gar­dens and on open land.

Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice (MFRS) and Mersey­side Po­lice are now join­ing forces in a bid to tackle the is­sue.

Of­fi­cers from the fire ser­vice are car­ry­ing out proac­tive mo­bile pa­trols, sup­ported by lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers, and res­i­dents are be­ing asked to check and clear any rub­bish from gar­dens to en­sure that de­lib­er­ate fires this may de­lay our re­sponse to other emer­gen­cies, which could en­dan­ger lives else­where. We want to make peo­ple aware that de­lib­er­ately set­ting fires in a public place is ar­son and, if caught, those re­spon­si­ble may face le­gal ac­tion.

“To help pro­tect their prop­er­ties from ar­son, res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to put their wheelie bins away un­til the day they are be­ing col­lected and avoid plac­ing bins, rub­bish, or other com­bustible items against the walls of their home.

‘‘Sheds and garages should be se­curely locked and any flammable liq­uids safely stored away.”

Mersey­side Po­lice Lo­cal Com­mu­nity Sergeant Kate Young said: “If you are aware of any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour near to your home, call 999 and the emer­gency ser­vices can re­spond ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘Any­one with home CCTV or pass­ing mo­torists with dash­cam footage of in re­cent in­ci­dents are also en­cour­aged to speak to us. We are de­ter­mined to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble and bring them to jus­tice.

“If you know who is re­spon­si­ble for th­ese in­ci­dents call po­lice or speak to us anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.”

Po­lice cor­don off an area in Rim­rose Val­ley Coun­try Park,near Beach Road, Lither­land af­ter fires were lit there their houses are at a min­i­mal risk of be­ing tar­geted.

Sta­tion man­ager Paul Kay, ar­son re­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor for Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice is com­mit­ted to tack­ling in­ci­dents of sus­pected ar­son and is work­ing closely with of­fi­cers from Mersey­side Po­lice to tackle anti-so­cial fire set­ting in Crosby.

“There have been a num­ber of sus­pected ar­son in­ci­dents in the area re­cently. Fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers are work­ing to­gether to re­as­sure res­i­dents, raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of ar­son and high­light the im­pact fires have on our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Ar­son is a se­ri­ous crim­i­nal of­fence which puts peo­ple’s lives at risk, causes dam­age to homes, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and im­pacts on wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It can range from mind­less crim­i­nal dam­age to de­lib­er­ate­ly­tar­geted at­tacks but, ei­ther way, the po­ten­tially deadly con­se­quences re­main the same.

“If fire en­gines are called out to

Paul Kay, ar­son re­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tor for Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice

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