West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has organised a community event in response to a spate of arson attacks in the Firthcliffe Estate, which comes under Cleckheaton Fire Station’s area.
Our Kirklees District Prevention Team recorded six deliberate fires had been set since mid-April. One was a car set on fire on a driveway, which caused damage to the property and could have potentially been a lot more serious.
In response to the incidents, the Fire Service has teamed up with Police, Councillors and the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents to host an ‘Active Day’ this Thursday (August 13th) between 11am and 3pm.
This will involve raising awareness in the locality, asking people to keep an eye out and be more vigilant and offering advice on how to prevent falling victim to arson.
The Fire Service and Police will be handing out safety leaflets.
WYFRS’ Kirklees District Prevention Manager, Mohammed Ali, said: “In recent months we have experienced a number of anti-social fires within the Liversedge area.
“These incidents could have easily led to something much worse – causing serious damage to property and people’s lives.
“The perpetrators should place themselves in the victims’ situation and consider how they would feel if it was their property being damaged, or even worse their own life or a family member or friend’s life under threat?
“Fire is unpredictable and dangerous, not only can it kill but deliberately setting a fire can leave you with a criminal record and scar you for life.”
Inspector Mohammed Rauf, of Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It is important that we highlight to people just how dangerous incidents of arson can be.
“It only takes seconds for a fire to spread and even the smallest of fires can pose a real risk if it is it near homes and businesses.
“The fires that we have been experiencing over recent months in Liversedge have been in residential areas with vehicles generally being targeted. Not only has the damage caused significant expense and inconvenience for the vehicles’ owners, there is a real danger that lives could be put in jeopardy by this reckless behaviour.
“We are keen to speak to anyone with information about this spate of arson incidents or details of who may be responsible. Similarly, we would urge residents to continue to report any incidents or any sightings of people behaving suspiciously in their neighbourhood.”
Information can be passed to the Police directly via 101 or to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you see a crime in progress then please call 999.
The Active Day starts in Saxton Street, Liversedge, at 11am on Thursday.
Notes to Editors
Incidents of deliberate fire-setting
- 14/04/15 – 04.38 hrs, Firthcliffe Rd, Littletown, Liversedge, deliberate primary fire involving vehicle, Renault Megane.
- 14/04/15 – 05.06 hrs, Firthcliffe Rd, Littletown, Liversedge, deliberate secondary fire involving outdoors loose refuse.
- 19/04/15 – 04.52 hrs, Firthcliffe Lane, Littletown, Liversedge, deliberate primary fire involving vehicle on driveway, spread to doorway of adjacent property, which was smoke logged as a result.
- 21/04/15 – 04.04 hrs, In the hammerhead at the end of Firthcliffe Drive, Liversedge, deliberate primary fire involving vehicle/multiple vehicles.
- 20/06/15 – 20.10 hrs, Firthcliffe Rd Recreation Ground, deliberate secondary fire, mattress on fire.
- 23/07/15 – 01.36 hrs in car park in Ings Rd, Cleckheaton deliberate primary fire involving road vehicles – motor home, no-one inside, whole vehicle destroyed. No other property affected.
Other nearby fires
- 11/08/15, 1350 hrs deliberate fire in open, loose refuse, The Grove, Heckmondwike.