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Spate of Wheelie Bin fires in King Georges Field, Sunderland
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 02nd October 2017 at 14:15

There have been 23 rubbish fires – 9 of which were wheelie bins - in the King Georges Field area of Sunderland since August 2017 – with 4 occurring only last week. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hugely concerned with this spate of arson attacks and is advising householders to keep a close eye on their wheelie bins. TWFRS Watch Manager, Nicole Mordecai commented: “Sadly we are seeing an increase in deliberate fires to wheelie bins in the King Georges Field area. Last week we had 3 wheelie bin fires in the skate park and one on the playing fields. Not only is this a shameful waste of community resources, but importantly is incredibly dangerous – not just to the perpetrators - but also for any property tor people who could be nearby. Our worry is that as we approach the Bonfire season these incidents will only increase – bringing further untold risk to the community. It's essential that householders take reasonable care to ensure that their bin isn't stolen to be misused in this way. If you leave your bin out on the street overnight, and it is lost, stolen or burned, it could result in you paying the full cost of a replacement.” Additionally fire crews are sent out to these types of deliberate fires and may not be available to respond to a fire elsewhere. Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Chair and Sunderland City Councillor Tom Wright, commented: “This is reckless behaviour. As well as damaging property, they are risking their own lives and those of our firefighters who have to attend these incidents. It's essential that everyone who has a wheelie bin, makes sure that they are secure – as best as they are able – to help stop these young people from causing even greater harm and further destruction of property.”
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