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Arson attacks on wheelie bins in Widnes are putting lives at risk, warn firefighters
WIDNES residents are warned to be vigilant after a spate of deliberate fires involving wheelie bins.
Firefighters have tackled 15 separate attacks since January.
There were only six in the whole of last year.
The latest two incidents were in Radnor Drive, on Monday, March 4.
Colin Heyes, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's arson reduction manager said: "We really would like people to be on their guard and report anyone they see lighting fires. This sort of crime is extremely dangerous and any fire puts the lives of the public and firefighters at considerable risk.
"It also takes up a lot of valuable time and resources.”
Widnes firefighters are asking people to remember these simple tips to prevent wheelie bin fires: • Do not store rubbish or wheelie bins/refuse containers by windows or doors - any fire in the bin could easily spread to your property.
• Do not store your wheelie bin/refuse containers in close proximity to a building.
• Do not overfill your wheelie bin/refuse containers or leave loose rubbish around them.
• Whenever possible, wheelie bins/refuse containers should be stored securely behind locked gates.
• Only place your wheelie bin out on collection day. Return it to your property as soon as possible after collection. Do not leave your wheelie bin out at night.
• Do not allow bins or rubbish to block escape routes Anyone with information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.