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Warning after spate of Widnes arson attacks
10:54am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
FIRE chiefs are warning residents to be on their guard after a spate of wheelie bin fires in Widnes.
Crews were called out four times to arson attacks over the weekend including three times on Sunday night.
Andy Royle, Widnes fire station manager said he is urging people to follow the service's safety advice before ‘property and lives are put at risk’.
He added: "We urge people to be on their guard and report anyone they see lighting fires.
“Arson is a criminal act which ranges from anti-social behaviour to intent to cause harm.
“It 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.”
Firefighters were first called out to Nazareth House Lane on Friday at 9.20pm and used hand extinguishers to put out the flames.
On Sunday crews were first called out at 7.35pm to Arley Drive, Hough Green as three wheelie bins had been set alight in a field some distance from the road.
The second call was received at 8.35pm after a bin was found ‘well alight’ near to the golf club on Kingsway.
Finally 999 was dialled again at 12am after a wheelie bin had been set alight outside the British Legion on Hale Road.
Police also attended the incident.
Residents are advised to only put their bins out on the day of collection.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers, which can be done anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or Cheshire Police on 101.
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