South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has said that it is ‘appalled’ after firefighters responded to several fires which had been deliberately started.
In a tweet, a spokesperson for the service said:
“Appalled doesn’t quite cover it! Our firefighters were called to repeat deliberate fires last night.
“Bin fires, rubbish fires, scrub fires, you name it, they dealt with it. Far more than a normal night. Why?!”
Since many of the UK’s schools closed on Friday, the emergency services have been reporting an increase in the number of disorder calls which it has been attending.
Kidderminster Hospital was vandalised after a gang of youths broke into the hospital and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, setting off fire extinguishers, smashing glass doors and damaging vital life-saving equipment.
Meanwhile, officers from West Yorkshire Police were spat at and deliberately ‘coughed on’ as they responded to a large-scale disorder call over the weekend.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have released a full list of incidents which they dealt with overnight 22/23 March:
Firefighters from Cudworth were called to a scrubland fire on Cross Lane, Royston at 7.11pm last night. This was around 20 square metres worth of land. They had extinguished the fire by 8pm and it is thought to have been started deliberately.
Firefighters from Barnsley were called to Berrydale, Worsborough Bridge, at 7.27pm last night, to a large garden bonfire close to a fence. This was extinguished by the crew who then gave the occupier advice on burning regulations. This had been dealt with by 8pm.
Firefighters from Thorne were called to a rubbish fire on Cuckoo Lane, Hatfield, at 7.29pm last night. It is thought this was started deliberately by young people in the vicinity. Crews had extinguished the fire by 7.53pm.
Firefighters from Doncaster were called to a rubbish fire on Armthorpe Road, Wheatley Hills, at 8pm last night. They had extinguished the fire – which is thought to have been started deliberately by young people – by 8.19pm.
Firefighters from Doncaster were called to a rubbish fire on Armthorpe Road, Intake, at 8.23pm last night. The fire is thought to have been started deliberately – by young people who ran off as the fire service arrived – and was dealt with by 8.42pm.
Firefighters from Doncaster were called to a bin fire on Beckett Road, Wheatley, at 8.55pm last night. It is thought this had been started deliberately and it was dealt with by 9.19pm.
Firefighters from Barnsley were called to White Cross Lane, Worsborough Dale, at 9.35pm last night. Upon arrival they found a load of fly tipped rubbish and household waste. This was dealt with by 11.08pm and is thought to have been started deliberately.
Firefighters from Elm Lane were called to Dryden Way, Sheffield, at 9.43pm last night. Upon arrival they found a wheelie bin that had been set on fire deliberately. The incident had been dealt with by 9.54pm.
Firefighters from Central were called to Burngreave Road, Sheffield, at 10.09pm last night. Upon arrival they found a small fire in the front garden of a property. It is thought this fire had been started deliberately – it was extinguished by 10.40pm.
Firefighters from Thorne were called to a wheelie bin fire on Meadow Lane, Stainforth, at 10.20pm last night. This had been dealt with by 10.30pm and is believed to have been started deliberately.
Firefighters from Parkway were called to a car fire near Angleton Green, Sheffield, last night at around 11.07pm. Upon arrival they found an abandoned car, well alight, in the middle of a field. It is thought to have been started deliberately and crews left the scene at 11.50pm.
Firefighters from Rotherham were called to a car fire on Psalters Lane Holmes, Rotherham, at 03.36am this morning. The vehicle was well alight and crews had extinguished the fire by 5.15am. It is thought to have been started deliberately.
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