Keep on the alert as trees are being set on fire

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

I’D ASK people living locally to be on the alert after recent problem with a number of conifer trees being set on fire.

My team is working closely with the fire service and we have targeted our patrols. We’ve already had a report of a fire spreading from a tree to someone’s car, causing considerable damage.

These incidents are more than just a nuisance to those people involved and of course the risk is that by having to deal with these needless fires, fire crews may be delayed in reaching a crash or a house fire, putting lives at risk.

In the past few weeks we have had conifer fires reported in the Downend, Cadbury Heath, Oldland Common, Kingswood, Longwell Green and Warmley areas.

We think more than one individual is involved in setting these fires.

We have arrested and charged one man in connection with a tree fire and arrested two more young men in the area of another fire in September.

I would ask that you:

•  Are on the alert and report any suspicious behaviour in your street to us by calling 101 straight away

•  Join or set up Neighbourhood Watch to help us keep you informed about what’s happening

•  Don’t assume that we will not be interested in a ‘small’ fire – we want to hear about any incident

•  Call us if you know anyone who has returned home smelling of smoke without reasonable explanation

•  Tell us of anyone you know with an unhealthy interest in fire

•  You can call us on 101 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

We now have a Facebook page, ASP Staple Hill – please visit and ‘like’ the page for updates about incidents and information about what the team has been doing.

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