Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Trees damaged as arsonists torch wheelie bin


TREES were damaged after arsonists torched a wheelie bin in some Widnes woods.

Firefighte­rs were called to Lanark Gardens in Upton Rocks at 5.18pm on Tuesday, August 10, to find the waste container “well alight”.

One appliance from Widnes attended and the crew used water to extinguish the flames.

Residents have been urged to secure their wheelie bins away when not in use to minimise the risk of them being abused by firebugs.

Widnes Fire Station tweeted that trees were also damaged: “White watch have just dealt with a deliberate fire in Upton Rocks Park involving a wheelie bin and a number of small trees.

“Arson can have serious consequenc­es and incidents like this are taken seriously and all informatio­n passed on to @ policewidn­es.”

A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokespers­on said: “Firefighte­rs used a water backpack to extinguish a wheelie bin which was well alight on Lanark Gardens in


“The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate and anyone with any informatio­n is asked to call Cheshire police on 101, or visit quoting IML1058336.”

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