KEEP ALERT: Warning to residents after arson spree

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Firefighters are urging people in the Harworth and Bircotes area to be vigilant after a spate of arson attacks.

Earlier this week, at around 1am on Monday 25 July, the crew at Harworth were called out to a blaze at a derelict school building on Whitehouse Court in Bircotes. The building was already well alight as firefighters arrived and was left completely destroyed.

Crews were then called early yesterday morning (Thursday, 28 July) to a fire at an Indian Takeaway on Scrooby Road in Bircotes that left the building severely damaged. It is understood that this fire started in a skip next to the building and spread to the roof and the kitchen.

In addition to this, firefighters were called last month (Sunday 26 June) to a fire at the former Bryndale Public House. Upon arrival the roof of the old pub was well alight and this building was also left with considerable damage.

It is not yet known if these fires are linked, however they are all believed to have been started deliberately. Firefighters and members of the Service’s Community Safety Team will therefore be in and around the Harworth area today (Friday 29 July) between 10am and 3pm speaking to, and reassuring, local business owners and members of the community – as well as answering any questions people may have.

“Our investigations, that have been conducted jointly with Nottinghamshire Police, have alarmingly shown that each of these fires has been started by somebody deliberately,” said Group Manager Damien West, who manages the Service’s North Group.

“Thankfully nobody has been injured in any of these fires, but it could have been much, much worse, and it’s important to still remember that while no persons have been harmed, each of these buildings have sustained severe damage.

“It’s also important to remember that while our crews are dealing with a deliberate fire they may be unable to attend a more serious, life-threatening, incident such as a house fire or road traffic collision.

“I would therefore like to urge people in the local area to try and be vigilant and look out for any suspicious behaviour - and if anybody does see anything at all, to please report it to Nottinghamshire Police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”