Police to step up patrols in Hatfield after multiple arson attacks

PUBLISHED: 16:29 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:29 18 August 2015

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Police are to increase patrols in the Birchwood area of Hatfield after ten fires were set by suspected teenage arsonists.

The fires all started after August 2 and have mostly been set in wheelie bins or in bags of rubbish.

However there have been several occasions where the flames have caused damage to vehicles.

The most recent blaze was in a charity bin at Birchwood Leisure Centre last night (Monday).

Detective Inspector John Hazeldine said: “This type of activity is extremely dangerous and we would reassure people that we are doing all we can to arrest those responsible and prevent further incidents from occurring.

“A specialist operation has been put in place which involves the increasing of police patrols, both high visibility and covert, and all officers policing Hatfield have been briefed about the issue.”

He added that enquiries and witness accounts have pointed towards the culprits being two teenage boys, both aged around 15.

The police are continuing to try and identify them.

Anyone with information is asked to make contact with police via the non-emergency number, 101.

Alternatively you can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


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