Posted on 21st June 2017
We are appealing for information over a number of fires we believe have been started deliberately in derelict buildings, parks, wooded areas and open spaces in the Glossop area.
Since the start of May, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and police have been called to numerous incidents in the area.
There were five on Saturday, May 6 between 1.20pm and 9.15pm, three in the Charlestown Road area, one on St. Mary’s Road and one on George Street.
One was reported at just before 6.10pm on Wednesday, May 10 at Manor Park. The next incident took place at around 9.50pm on Saturday, May 13 on Norfolk Street and the most recent was on Sunday, May 14 at 5.20pm on Charlestown Road.
Three separate incidents were reported during the evening of Saturday, May 27 in the Mill Street area, and at around 9.50pm on Sunday, May 28 police were called to a bin near to Tesco which had been set on fire.
Police patrols are being carried out in the area and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have put up ‘arson appeal boards’ in those areas where incidents have taken place.
Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with some of the incidents; two boys aged 16 and a 17 year old boy have been questioned by police then later released under investigation while enquiries take place.
PC Jenny Oldfield of the Glossop Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Enquiries around both fires are continuing and we are asking anyone who may have information about either incident to get in touch.
“Starting fires deliberately can have disastrous consequences, even if they may seem small a fire can easily spread and cause further damage to the area, or harm to the youngsters involved or others.”
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Area Manager Alex Johnson said: “Deliberate fires can take up a large amount of our firefighter’s time, and keep them from being available to respond to real emergencies where lives may be at risk.
“We would encourage all parents and responsible adults to make sure their children are fully aware of the dangers and consequences associated with starting fires deliberately.”
Anyone with any information about these incidents should call PC Jenny Oldfield of the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, or send her a message online through the Contact Us page of the website by clicking here.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.