Safety warning over deliberate wheelie bin fires

Following a spate of wheelie bin fires in the county, fire chiefs in Northumberland are urging residents to store their wheelie bins in a safe place and to report any suspicious behaviour  to the police.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have attended a series of deliberate wheelie bin fires in the Tynedale area and want to make residents aware of the potential dangers and risks associated with deliberately starting fires.
Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “ Sadly we are seeing an increase in the number of deliberate wheelie bin fires. As well as being mindless anti-social behaviour, it could end up threatening the lives of innocent people.
“Fire spreads very rapidly and if a wheelie bin is set alight next to a car or a property, then homes, livelihoods and lives could be put at risk.  
“The attacks also put an unnecessary strain on our resources which could potentially cause a situation where our fire crews are not able to respond to real emergencies as promptly as we would like.”
Businesses and homeowners are being urged to help the emergency services by keeping their wheelie bins in a secure place wherever possible, by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour to police.
Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges from Northumbria Police said: “Setting fires is incredible dangerous and we are working in partnership with the fire service to identify the offenders and keep our community safe.
“We have increased our patrols in the Hexham area and are continuing to investigate the incidents.
“Any witnesses or anyone with information is encouraged to get in touch with police by calling 101 quoting log 4 of 03/08/18.”
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