Arsonists play with fire in series of blazes across South Yorkshire

17 October 2017

Arsonists have caused chaos across South Yorkshire overnight by lighting a series of fires, ShefNews has the latest updates:

Wheelie bins in Wingfield Road, Rotherham were set alight yesterday evening at 7.15pm, taking firefighters 30 minutes to tackle the blaze.

A patch of grass was also set alight in Skye Edge Avenue, Manor, at 7.30pm.

Arsonists set fire to two wheelie bins in Chestnut Avenue, Doncaster, at 7.45pm.

A pile of litter was set alight on the Trans Pennine Trail in Lundwood, Barnsley, at 9pm.

A motorbike was set alight in Coleridge Gardens, Tinsley, at 9.45pm.

This follows a spate of arson incidents over the weekend, with a scooter in Nuttall Place, Sheffield, and a motorbike in Southey Green Road, Sheffield, both being set alight at noon on Sunday.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue issue advice on their website on preventing arson, stating: “Even small deliberate fires, like bin and rubbish fires, can quickly spread and put lives and property in danger.”

Their advice to prevent arson is:

  • Put bins out early on the morning of collection, rather than the night before
  • Take bins from the kerbside as soon as you can after they have been emptied
  • Store bins and rubbish away from buildings, but within the boundary of your property

You can also help the police by reporting people who you know are starting fires in your area.

To do this, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Written by Emily Smith

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