Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Concern Following Deliberate Fires At North Wales Hospital Site Denbigh

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

North Wales Police, North Wales Fire Rescue Service and Denbighshire County Council have launched a joint investigation following a further incident at the North Wales Hospital site in Denbigh last weekend. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Firefighters and police officers attended an incident at the property on Saturday 28th May at 19.21hrs when a roof truss within the building was set on fire deliberately. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Crews and police officers were also called to the same address on the 7th May at 20.12hrs ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

and 12th May at 12.04hrs to deal with deliberately started fires. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Kevin Jones, Business Education and Arson Reduction Team Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Deliberate fires place tremendous pressure on resources, with our crews tied up trying to bring them under control, which in turn delays firefighters from attending life threatening incidents. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It could be you or a member of your family that requires our assistance and we may not be able to get to you as quickly or as easily as we would like because we have to deal with a deliberate fire. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We would discourage anyone from entering the buildings in the interests of their own safety. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Setting fires is a criminal offence and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat deliberate incidents.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Inspector Gareth Jones at Denbigh Police station said: “Working together with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and joint Arson Reduction Team we are increasing patrols and appealing to anyone in the community who knows who is responsible to make contact with us as soon as possible before someone is injured or far worse. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The incidents have also wasted the time of Emergency Services whose time is invariably needed elsewhere and deliberate ignitions like this could cost lives. If you have any information I’d ask you make contact with Police on 101 as soon as possible.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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