Youngsters seen lighting grass fires on Worden Park as crews battle blazes across the county

Posted on - 1st June, 2020 - 1:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Parks, Preston News

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning after footage emerged of young people setting fire to grass on the hottest weekend of the year.


As crews from Preston, Leyland and Bamber Bridge battled fires on the Darwen Moor, Longridge Fell and a house fire on the Wade Hall estate in Leyland, youngsters can be seen using aerosols to light grass in the park.

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LFRS said they would be speaking to police to identify those involved.

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A LFRS spokesperson said: “At time when emergency services are dealing with two large wildfires resulting in the service declaring a major incident, it is extremely disappointing to see videos like this.

“They not only put those individuals and their friends at risk but the with ground being so dry they put other people using the park responsibly in danger.

“We have seen on the moors in Darwen how quickly a fire can spread and get out of control.”

Temp Ch Insp Chris Abbott, of Chorley Police, said: “We have been made aware of these videos and are taking the matter very seriously.

“The actions of these mindless idiots are reckless and irresponsible.

“We are working to identify those involved and will speak to them in due course.”

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