More than TWENTY deliberate fires have been started in Northamptonshire over a one-week period at the end of April, according to the fire service.
This newspaper has rounded up some of the recent arson attacks which have happened in and around Northampton and been tackled by the fire service.
Northamptonshire Police were contacted to see if any of the arsons were connected. They responded by saying none are currently being linked.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) also said these arson attacks are a 'risk to life and safety', wastes the service's 'time and money', and that the resources 'could be better spent elsewhere'.
NFRS has also called on parents and guardians to educate their children about the dangers of starting fires.
An NFRS spokesman said: "Between April 26 and May 2, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue service was called to more than 20 fires that were started deliberately across the county.
"These varied from car fires to trees and wooded areas being set alight, and they are all acts of anti-social behaviour. As well as being a risk to life and safety, attending these incidents costs the service time and money to deal with, resources which could be spent better elsewhere."
Lisa Bryan, from NFRS, said: “Deliberate fires divert our resources away from real emergencies and put our crews in unnecessary danger.
“It is important that we try and prevent as many of these deliberate fires as possible. Parents or guardians should ensure that young people are aware of the dangers of starting fires, not only can it cause them harm but also harm members of the public nearby.
“If anyone has any information about a deliberate fire-setting incident, please let us know via FireStoppers.”
FireStoppers is 100% anonymous. You can either call on 0800 169 5558 or visit www.firestoppersreport.co.uk
Anyone who witnesses a fire in progress should call 999 immediately.