Hunt for arsonist after spate of fires in Great Hollands and WildridingsBy Hugh Fort
September 26, 2012
Police are increasing their patrols in Great Hollands and Wildridings after a spate of small arson attacks.
Officers will be making regular visits to roads and areas close to the iron bridge over Mill Lane in Wildridings.
Sergeant Charlotte Parker, acting inspector for North Bracknell, said there had been an increase in deliberate fires around the borough.
She said seven fires had been started so far in September and officers had met fire bosses to try to establish a pattern.
The teams had noticed a pattern around the Great Hollands and Wildridings areas.
As a result, there will be an increased police presence in the two areas to try to find who might be starting the fires, which are largely in bins.
She added there had been instances of piles or rubbish and leaves also being set alight.
She said: “Although it appears low level, a fire can quickly get out of hand.
“What also needs to be considered, particularly with regard to setting fire to bins, is what might be inside.
“There could easily be a deodorant can or something highly flammable inside which could explode or ignite, leaving a much bigger fire to deal with.”
Sgt Parker added: “The police become involved when there is an element of criminal damage – for example if someone sets fire to a bin or someone’s property.
“We’re not involved when piles of leaves or rubbish are set on fire, unless it spreads to someone’s property.
“We have met with the fire service to try to ascertain if there are any patterns.
“Around the borough there does not seem to be, but we have noticed repeated incidents around the area around the iron bridge in Wildridings.”
The other areas where there have been fires include Sandhurst, Priestwood and Bullbrook.
She added it could be the case a number of fires were started accidentally and urged people to be careful when they were putting out cigarettes.
Anyone with information on fires can call Sgt Parker on 101.