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Appeal following wheelie bin fires in Belper

Posted on 19th September 2014

Police are appealing for information and are carrying out patrols as they investigate a number of wheelie bin fires in Belper.

Fire crews were called at around 10.20pm on Tuesday, September 16 to reports of two wheelie bins which had caught fire behind a row of properties on New Road, accessed from Brookside.

At around 11.15pm on Wednesday, September 17 both police and fire officers attended the same area over reports of five bins on fire. The bins were destroyed and damage was caused to guttering and a roof over a passageway at a nearby house.

A further call was received at around 1.30am on Thursday, September 18 and a small plastic shed had caught fire, causing damage to the window behind a property on New Road.

Acting Section Inspector Neil Glover said: “We are treating the incidents as suspicious at this time. Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area and working alongside the fire service as part of the investigation.

“It is totally reckless behaviour to deliberately start a fire and is something we are taking very seriously. In these incidents, not only was damaged caused to nearby homes but people’s safety was also put at risk.”

A/Insp. Glover added: “I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything, or with any information about these incidents to contact us.

 “Preventing and putting a stop to these incidents is a priority for us and officers from our local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams are carrying out increased and targeted patrols to the area.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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