Appeal for vigilance following arson attacks

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking residents to be vigilant in the Sutton Hill area of Telford following several fires involving wheelie bins, recycling bins and bushes.

The first incident was reported at 9:46pm on Sunday 10th April 2011 in the Southgate area. On arrival the Crew from Tweedale found a fire involving a bush.

Approximately half an hour later the crew attended a second incident in the Sunnymead area, where there were three seats of fire involving wheelie bins and recycling bins.

In the space of the next hour, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service received a further three calls (two in the Singleton area and one in Stanwyck) to further fires involving wheelie bins and recycling bins, which at one incident had spread to fence panels.

To reduce the risk of Arson:

  • Secure all property, close ground floor windows, lock doors, garages and sheds
  • Put out rubbish for collection as late as possible and certainly not overnight, bins should be at least 6m away from properties
  • Store flammable materials in an appropriate container and lock away securely
  • Consider external security measures, e.g. lighting
  • Be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 0300 333 3000, or if you have any information about these fire contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

These types of antisocial behaviour fires can be dangerous in that they:

  • Could significantly delay crews attending incidents where life or property is in danger
  • Can spread to properties putting people’s lives in danger
  • Can cause serious injury due to the unknown contents of the bins and the inhalation of toxic smoke
11th April, 2011