Increase in outdoor blazes sparks warning to arsonists

A DRAMATIC increase in outdoor fires across Staffordshire has sparked a severe warning to arsonists.

Firefighters have been called out to more than 660 such incidents in just six weeks (June 1 – July 15). Almost seven out of 10 of those fires were started deliberately.

“These incidents put extra pressure on firefighters, putting them at risk and taking them away from responding to other incidents where people need help, “ said Glynn Luznyj, director of prevent and protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Supt Martin Brereton, head of prevention and early intervention at Staffordshire Police, warned: “If you are found guilty of setting fires, you could face a prison sentence and have your life turned upside down.”