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Firefighters hunt for arsonists after 17 deliberate fires hit Widnes in a month
ARSONISTS are putting lives at risk, warn Widnes firefighters.
There have been 17 deliberate fires across the town in the last month alone.
Six of these incidents have involved grass fires on St Michael’s golf course in Dundalk Road.
Two broke within two hours on Wednesday, March 13.
Alex Waller, head of fire service delivery in Halton said: "Fires of this nature can spread extremely quickly and can pose a real threat to people's safety and the environment.
“We believe that the majority of these fires were caused by deliberate ignition.”
Vandals have torched refuse and grass in Netherfield, Arley Drive, St Michael’s Road, Dundalk Road, St George’s Court, Brandon, Tanhouse Lane, Montgomery Road, and the A562 in Ditton.
Colin Heyes, the 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.”
Inspector Ian Whiley, of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "These sorts of fires pose a real risk to the local community.
"This sort of behaviour is not acceptable. We are committed to tackling the issue and we will continue working closely alongside Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to investigate these incidents and to trace those responsible.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.