Fire warn­ing from po­lice

10 in­ci­dents dur­ing March alone

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Youths are putting lives at risk in the Cam­bus­lang East ward by start­ing fires.

Ruther­glen po­lice at­tended 10 in­ci­dents in March alone in the New­ton and West­burn ar­eas.

There have been in­ci­dents recorded on Mitchell Av­enue, Col­lie Wynd, Lau­rel Court, New­ton Sta­tion/ New­ton Farm Road, Green­wood Av­enue and Shep­herds Way.

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers are par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about grass fires as the light evenings, drier weather and school hol­i­days ap­proach.

Would- be fir­erais­ers are be­ing told these in­ci­dents use up valu­able re­sources.

Watch man­ager Alis­tair Ste­wart from the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “At­tend­ing these fires places ex­tra de­mand on fire ser­vice re­sources and they could be de­layed in at­tend­ing a real emer­gency if they are called out to rub­bish and grass fires that have been set on pur­pose.

“These fires blight our com­mu­ni­ties and also dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment.”

And PC Laura Tay­lor of the safer com­mu­ni­ties de­part­ment, added: “What if it was some­one you know who was in dan­ger? This is ex­tremely se­ri­ous as the fire ser­vice may not be able to at­tend calls such as house fires, road traf­fic col­li­sions and chem­i­cal in­ci­dents. The out­come could end in se­ri­ous in­jury or even death for the peo­ple or fam­i­lies in­volved.

“Ev­ery de­lib­er­ate fire has vic­tims, costs and con­se­quences. Fire set­ting is an of­fence. Po­lice Scot­land is work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the dan­gers of wil­ful fire-rais­ing and cul­pa­ble and reck­less fire-rais­ing.”

Van­dals are also be­ing warned against wa­ter hy­drant mis­use.

This af­fects wa­ter sup­plies and can lead to in­jury from high pres­sure wa­ter and de­bris.

To pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to po­lice of per­sons who you know to be de­lib­er­ately start­ing fires in your area please con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on their non-emer­gency num­ber 101 or con­tact Scot­land Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to stay safe from fire dur­ing spring, visit the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice web­site www.firescot­land.gov.uk.

Ap­peal Youths are be­ing warned against start­ing fires this sum­mer

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