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Arson incidents in Kidderminster

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attended four incidents in the Comberton area of Kidderminster in the early hours of Sunday 28th June. All of these incidents appear to have been started deliberately inside wheelie bins. The last of these incidents (in the Tennyson Way area) spread along a line of bushes towards a house.

Station Commander Rob Allen, who attended the scene on Sunday morning, said: "Thankfully this incident was prevented from being even more serious as the occupant was alerted to the fire in its early stages and fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The Service will now work closely with our police colleagues to identify the person or persons starting these fires, whilst also providing support and advice to the local community in an attempt to reduce the incidences of such crimes in the future."

Station Commander Bob Sproat from Kidderminster Fire Station said: "Thanks to the occupier of the property being alert to the potential danger and our crews being able to respond quickly to the incident, a potential tragedy has been avoided. Arson is an extremely serious crime and we are constantly working in partnership with local Safer Neighbourhood Teams to reduce the risk to members of the public."

Police Inspector Edd Williams from Kidderminster's Safer Neighbourhood team added: "Crimes involving arson can very quickly turn into tragic events. With the current period of hot weather, fires can start very easily. The Safer Neighbourhood teams are committed to working to identify anybody involved in these types of crime. We will continue to work with the Fire Service in ensuring this serious message is understood in our local communities. This latest incident could have resulted in a loss of life and major disruption for the local community. If anybody has any information regarding this latest incident, I'd encourage you to report it either using the 101 telephone number or anonymously using crime stoppers."

Issued by: Robert Sproat
Station Commander Wyre Forest Cluster