Arson attacks 'becoming an issue' in Gateford area of Worksop, say fire service

Parents in Gateford are being urged to speak to their children about the dangers of setting fires deliberately after firefighters revealed that arson attacks have ‘become an issue’ in the area.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:36 pm

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue have been putting posters up across the neighbourhood to warn residents after a spate of deliberate fires in recent weeks.

It is believed that young people are carrying out these arson attacks, predominately in woodland areas and around the Gateford Manor development.

Families and dogwalkers have reported finding burnt rubbish along with ‘scorch marks’ and ‘smouldering ashes’ while out walking.

Gateford has been plagued by arson attacks in recent months.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said: “Deliberate fire-setting causes damage to the environment and community and may result in criminal prosecution.

"We are asking people to support their community and the fire service by talking to young people about the dangers and potential implications of setting fires, whatever the intention of doing so.

"Anyone who has information about deliberate fire-setting in their community can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"Parents or teachers who would like support in talking to young people about the risks and possible outcomes of fires can get help by emailing Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s education team at [email protected].”

On Monday, April 26, the service will also be participating in a multi-agency programme called ‘The Prison, me? No way!’ at Outwood Academy Portland.

The scheme covers prevention messages around arson and the potential outcomes of deliberate fire-setting.

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