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Appeal after arson attacks in Skelmersdale

November 19, 2012, 3:23 pm

Police in Skelmersdale are appealing for information and are urging people to be vigilant following a number of arsons in the Birch Green area.

Over the past three weeks there have been eleven reported arsons where wheelie bins have been set on fire in areas around Birch Green including Alderley, Beech Trees, Acre Gate, Birkrig, Banks Barn and Firbeck.

Officers are urging people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.

“It is only a matter of time before this sort of mindless behaviour takes a life and we want to put a stop to this before that happens.” - Sergeant Lynette Kelly

Sergeant Lynette Kelly of Skelmersdale Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “People need to understand how dangerous this is, there have already been two occasions where fires started in bins have spread to properties and people have had to be rescued from inside.

“It is only a matter of time before this sort of mindless behaviour takes a life and we want to put a stop to this before that happens.

“Not only would I urge people to come forward if they have any information that they think might help but I would also ask people to make sure loose bins are secured where possible and if you have a bin store, make sure this is locked.”

Watch Manager Phil Garside added, “In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 6thNovember we were in the vicinity of Firbeck, Skelmersdale, putting out two fires to two cars that had been deliberately torched and got called to a fire just around the corner from us.  A wheelie bin had been deliberately set alight and pushed up against the front door of a house.  A quick-thinking neighbour had alerted the four occupants and theyd got out of the property and to safety and if it wasnt for that good Samaritan someone could have been killed.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 or contact Sergeant Lynette Kelly on 01695 566059.

Alternatively, information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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