Hartwell Parish Council

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Clerk: Lynn Lavender

Arsons In Salcey Forest - Witness Appeal

Rural crime officers investigating two arson offences in Salcey Forest are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The first incident happened between 6pm on Tuesday, August 6, and 12pm on Wednesday, August 7, when the unknown offender/s set fire to a timber stack which Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service had to attend and put out.

The second incident happened on Sunday, August 11, between midnight and 1am, when the unknown offender/s put an accelerant onto the exterior of the café and tried to ignite the building, however they were unsuccessful and made off.

Rural & Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Chris Bird, said: "These crimes are completely mindless and seek to do nothing but damage a beautiful part of Northamptonshire where people come to relax and have a nice time.
"Fire spreads extremely quickly, especially in woodland, so I would ask anyone who has any information about these arsons to come forward so we can prevent a more serious incident from taking place.
"I would also like to remind users of the area to be careful when disposing of cigarette ends or BBQs as these can easily start fires too."
A spokesman for Forestry England, said: "We are highly concerned with two recent arson incidents at Salcey Forest and grateful for the help and support of the Police and Fire Service.
"Our primary focus is for the safety of our staff and for the thousands of people who visit the woodland. The risk of losing any part of this ancient woodland habitat is also a serious concern.
"If you have any information regarding these events, we would be very grateful if you could contact the Police as soon as possible."

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Posted: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:41 by Deputy Clerk

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