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Plea following deliberate fires in Retford

Posted on 02 November 2023

Police are investigating following a spate of deliberate wheelie bin fires in the Retford area.

Although there has been no significant damage, officers are concerned it may be just a matter of time until some serious damage is caused or worse still lives are put at risk.

Fire crews were called to three bin fires in the Broadleigh Court area of Ordsall during the early hours of Tuesday (31 October 2023).

The fires were extinguished, and police are continuing with their inquiries, including checking CCTV footage, to identify and trace the offenders.

Over the past two weeks, blue light services have responded to a number of deliberate fires to bins, rubbish, and trees in the Retford and Ordsall areas.

Police and fire colleagues are now re-appealing to parents to talk to their children about the dangers of starting fires deliberately.

Sergeant Sam Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Wheelie bin fires can be extremely dangerous if they take hold and put lives at risk. The people who are setting these fires are also wasting the time of emergency services whose help may be needed elsewhere.

“As we’ve shown recently, those involved in arson attacks like these will be caught, arrested, and robustly dealt with.

“We are continuing to work hard to find those responsible for setting these fires and are working alongside our partners at the council and fire service.

“If you see anything suspicious or hear anything please come forward and report it to us whether you call 101 or make an anonymous report – any information will help us.”

Simon Cookson, District Prevention Officer of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This incident is a prime example of how one careless act can have serious consequences. 

“Not only did this fire put a risk to property, but it potentially put a risk to life and that is something we do not condone.

“Emergency services are working hard to reduce the amount of deliberate fires across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, and will have a presence in the Ordsall and Retford area to talk to residents on fire safety.

“Although half term is nearly over, we want to remind all parents to educate their children on the dangers of setting fires deliberately.”

Damage caused by bin fire
Damage from the bin fire.