Police bid to tackle wheelie bin fire menace

Residents are being urged to store their bins away.
Residents are being urged to store their bins away.

Police today reassured residents in Fleetwood they are acting on reports of a spate of deliberate bin fires.

The Gazette reported on Saturday how firebugs have set at least six fires in wheelie bins in the town over the past week, causing more than £600 of damage.

Firefighters warned of the dangers, saying the fires could easily spread to property.

A spokesman from Fleetwood Police said: “Starting yesterday we have two operations running, one is Operation Refuge which involves preventing and detecting crimes of criminal damages, the other is Operation Magic targeting anti-social behaviour .”

These operations will involve dedicated staff being at specific locations and times where crime has recently occurred and positioning Fleetwood PCSO’s in vulnerable areas.

Police also said that, alongside Wyre Council, they aim to produce wheelie bin stickers to inform residents about days and times in which their rubbish will be collected.

This will allow them to store their bins away and only put them out when rubbish is to be picked up.

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