Police appeal following deliberate fires

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POLICE are appealing for information following two fires believed to have been started deliberately.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service contacted police after being called out to two nuisance grass fires in Chesterfield on Sunday, August 21.

The first fire happened at around 2.40pm on Skeldale Drive with another incident being reported a short time later on a railway embankment off Kirkdale Close.

The fire service attended and put out both fires which had caused minor damage.

DFRS Crew Manager Steve Symonds said: “We take all deliberately started fires seriously as potentially they could cause emergency fire appliances to be unavailable for more serious incidents that could involve a risk to life.

“We always follow up deliberately started fires and work closely with the police so they can take the appropriate action.

“We also ask the perpetrators to consider the potential danger they put themselves in when fire setting as well as the damage they cause to property and the environment.”

Witnesses saw a boy in his early teens in the area. He was wearing a black and grey hoody, black baseball cap and tracksuit bottoms.

Officers from the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Team are now looking into the fires and would like to speak to anyone who has information about either incident.

Call Derbyshire police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.