Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Leicester Residents Given New Advice On How To Combat Bin Fires

A spate of arson attacks has seen bins lit by criminals

By Sunil Patel

Residents in a Leicester suburb have been warned by the Leicestershire Police against leaving wheelie bins out overnight following a spate bin fires.

There have been arson attacks on 15 bins in which the contents have been set on fire in the Braunstone Frith area in the last month.

In some cases, the bins have pushed up against properties by the criminals causing some slight fire damage to walls and fencing.

Police say no one had been injured so far but have asked residents to remain vigilant. 

Sergeant Adam Wardle, from New Parks neighbourhood policing team said, “We would ask householders to keep their bins secured whenever possible.

“Only put them out on the morning they are due for collection, which is Friday morning for the majority of New Parks residents.”

Police have introduced extra patrols in the area to try and catch the offenders. 

Sergeant Wardle said, “I would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious or who has information which could help to call us straight away on 999.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council cabinet lead member for environment and sustainability said, “This worrying spate of arson is a clear example of why the city council takes action to encourage people to keep their bins off streets.

“It is not about fines and enforcement, which we will only use as a last resort, keeping bins off the streets is about saving property and lives.”

Photograph from http://www.wybone.co.uk/news/wybone-news-archive/fire-resistant-liner-for-wheelie-bins/

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