Rushden residents are being reminded to stay vigilant after a number of fires were started deliberately in the town yesterday afternoon (August 17).
Crews from Rushden, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough were called to five deliberately lit fires in less than four hours, which were as follows:
- 2.10pm on Washbrook Road, where some foliage was set on fire
- 2.44pm on Paddocks Road, where some trees were set on fire, which spread to a nearby shed causing slight damage
- 5.09pm on Chestnut Close, where more foliage was involved in a small fire
- 5.16pm on Oakley Road, where some shrubbery was set alight
- 6.03pm in Jubilee Park on Bedford Road, where three fence panels and a hedge were ablaze
The latest plea comes following a similar spate of incidents back in April, and work remains ongoing with the Joint Arson Task Force for both fire and police to try and reduce incidents where possible and educate young people about the risks they are taking when they start fires.
Intentional fire setting is dangerous and even a small outdoor fire can spread quickly and become a serious risk to life.
Anti-social behaviour of this kind also affects local communities, costs money, pollutes the environment and could lead to a criminal record for anyone who was involved in starting the fire.
Andy Evans, Arson Reduction Officer for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Young people will not necessarily know the potential consequences when they start these kinds of fires.
“Primarily they are putting themselves in danger, but they are also risking the safety of members of the public and our own firefighters.
“Even starting small fires can have a big impact in terms of harming your future career and job prospects if you have a criminal record. We work with schools to educate young people and raise awareness where we can, and we would ask parents to pass this message onto their children if they can.”
Anyone with information regarding these deliberate fires can contact FireStoppers. It provides an anonymous way to report anything you know and is managed by the independent charity CrimeStoppers.
Call 0800 169 5558 or complete the online form at www.firestoppersreport.co.uk if you have any information about deliberate fire setting.
If an incident requires an emergency response, please call 999.