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Appeal following spate of deliberate fires in Flintshire


Firefighters in Flintshire are appealing to residents to help them tackle deliberate firestarters following a spate of deliberately set fires in the area over the last month.


Since the 1st of April, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been called to 22 deliberate fires in thecounty ofFlintshire. Although the majority of these were grass or general rubbish fires two have resulted in serious property fires.


The first of these was a fire in Greenfieldinvolving a row of empty homes on the 17th of April and the latest was in Connahs Quay on the 28th of April where rubbish was set alight outside a property and the fire spread to a ground floor flat. Thankfully, the flat was unoccupied at the time of the fire but tenants in the upstairs flat were affected.


Gwyn Jones, Community Safety Team Leader for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service in Wrexham and Flintshire, said: "Any deliberate fire is a drain on vital resources and this latest incident highlights the dangers of deliberate fire setting and the how lives that can be threatened by the actions of others.


"We are constantly working with our partner agencies to reduce these incidents but we still rely on parents and members of the community to work with us to drive home the messages on the consequences of deliberate fires - so we are appealing to the community to help ensure that the number of deliberate fires is kept to a minimum.


"I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children and impress upon them the message that deliberate fires endanger lives.


"Remember - setting fires is a criminal offence and we are actively working alongside North Wales Police to combat deliberate incidents, including employing the police helicopter to pinpoint the fires and to look out for perpetrators.


"Anyone with information on such crimes is advised to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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