Posted: Fri 8th Apr 2016

Appeal For Information Following Deliberate Grass Fires In Blackwood

This article is old - Published: Friday, Apr 8th, 2016

We’re appealing for information following a number of deliberate grass fires being set in the Blackwood area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Over the last three weeks we have received five reports of grass fires, three in the fields along Highfields Way and two in the fields behind Pencoed Avenue in Cefn Fforest. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Police across South Wales are currently working closely with the fire service to combat grass fires in an ongoing campaign. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Chief Inspector Nick McLain said:
“Setting deliberate grass fires is an extremely reckless and dangerous activity, the consequences of which can be far-reaching for the environment, wildlife and local communities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Grass fires divert essential emergency services away from those who are vulnerable and in need, and a partnership approach is the only way to tackle offenders. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I would appeal to residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood and to report any concerns to police. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Setting grass fires is a criminal offence and anyone found to be doing so will be dealt with robustly.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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