Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Colwyn Bay - Mindless' shed arsonists in Colwyn Bay criticised

page last updated at 10:55 GMT, Monday, 3 May 2010 11:55 UK

'Mindless' shed arsonists in Colwyn Bay criticised

Fire officers have condemned arsonists as "mindless" after a series of small fires in Colwyn Bay overnight.
Crews were called to six incidents outside homes in the town early on Bank Holiday Monday, from sheds and wheelie bins to a fridge being set alight.
"This type of criminal activity causes a big drain on our resources," said Mark Kassab, of North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
North Wales Police have appealed for information.
The first call was received at 0131 BST on Monday to a shed fire outside a house on Seafield Road.
Fire crews were then called at 0248 to two wheelie bin fires at Rhiw Grange and Rhiw Road.
Fencing on Nant Y Glyn Avenue was set on fire at around 0316, followed by another shed fire on Dundonald Avenue at 0349.
'Serious crime'
Crews were finally called to a burning shed and fridge outside a property on Dundonald Road at 0400. The fire also damaged the door and windows of the property.
Mr Kassab added: "When crews are called to attend life threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions, appliances are not diverted from a deliberate fire, they are the next available fire appliance.
"This may involve a time delay which could prove fatal. Arson is a serious crime and in conjunction with North Wales Police we will pursue convictions.
He appealed to the community to help stamp out "mindless criminal activity" by identifying the culprits and reporting it to police.

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