Number of arson attacks on the rise

DANGER: Grass fires are putting lives at risk in Thornhill, where there have been 28 arson cases this year.
DANGER: Grass fires are putting lives at risk in Thornhill, where there have been 28 arson cases this year.
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THORNHILL is becoming an arson hotspot.

Between January and August this year, there have been 38 deliberately started fires in the areas around Mountain Top and Overthorpe Avenue.

This compares with 22 arson cases in Chickenley and 27 incidents in Ravensthorpe over the same period.

Most incidents in Thornhill have been grass fires, but these put lives at risk by preventing firefighters from responding to other incidents.

Police and fire service staff hope they can reduce the number of arson cases by sending out warnings in local schools and encouraging residents to share information.

David Tattersfield from Kirklees Arson Taskforce said: “Unfortunately, unless we catch the culprit with the match in their hand, it’s very difficult. But it’s putting lives at risk because firefighters can’t be in two places at once.

“Someone could die from this and that’s not what we want.”

PCSO Julie Buxton, who patrols the Thornhill, said: “While the people who have been starting them may think that the fires won’t cause any trouble, they should realise that it is a crime and something that the police take seriously.”