Preston fire crews tackle spate of ASB fires over Easter weekend

Preston fire crews were called out "multiple times" to tackle fires started deliberately over the bank holiday weekend.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 9:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 9:40 am

Fires in Brookfield, Grange, Moor Nook, Deepdale and Plungington were among a spate of anti-social behaviour fires on Sunday and Monday.

Posting on Twitter, Preston Fire Station said those responsible were “taking resources and destroying local public areas.”

A later tweet added that the specialist six-wheel drive, off-road unit had been mobilised to quickly respond to a number of deliberate grass and wheelie bin fires in the city's parks.

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Between 6pm on Sunday and 4am on Monday, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said its Preston crews dealt with a total of 13 fires.

It said grass, bushes, woodland and bins had been recklessly set on fire in Ribbleton, Deepdale and Plungington, as well as the Guild Wheel near Brockholes.

The fire service said the first fires were lit around the Brookfield area before more were later reported in Grange and Moor Nook.

Two other fires in Deepdale and Plungington were referred to as "more serious" and are being investigated by police.

A fire engine responding to deliberate park fires in Preston yesterday (Sunday, April 5). Pic credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescuer Service
Six-wheel specialist unit responds to deliberate park fires in Preston yesterday (Sunday, April 5). Pic credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service