Map of arson hotspots devised after spate of deliberate attacksBy Becky Barnes
October 17, 2012
Police have created a map of arson hotspots in a bid to catch the perpetrators following a recent spate of deliberate fires.
Officers covering Great Hollands and Wildridings carried out an environmental visual audit in collaboration with the fire service and Bracknell Forest Council last week and identified the iron bridge over Mill Lane in Wildridings as a ‘key location’.
North Bracknell’s acting inspector Sgt Charlotte Parker said plants would be cut at the bridge between Great Hollands and Wildridings, in a bid to improve the environment and reduce the risk of fires.
She renewed the police appeal for information following small fires throughout September and this month.
Police were called to a charity donation bin fire in Great Hollands Square on Sunday night and last week, on Tuesday, October 2, a burning item was pushed through the letterbox of a home in Wroxham, Great Hollands.
Although some fires, such as bin fires, do not always technically count as arson as they are not criminal damage to property, police are trying to establish a pattern to stop deliberate fires being started.
Sgt Parker said: “We have identified the iron bridge as a key location and will use this point as an opportunity for reducing criminal behaviour. The plan is to make the area more open.”
Police increased their patrols in Great Hollands and Wildridings last month after a spate of bins and piles of leaves being set alight.
They warned smokers to be careful when putting out cigarettes as some fires could be accidental.
Anyone with information on fires can call Sgt Parker on 101.