We're working with Nottinghamshire Police, Bassetlaw District Council Community Safety Partnership and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to tackle deliberate fire-setting in Harworth, Nottinghamshire.
Harworth has seen a series of arson attacks in recent months, with a number of buildings, Portacabins, vehicles and skips being set alight deliberately.
Among the most notable - and potentially dangerous - recent incidents have been the burning down of The Bryndale pub and the former comprehensive school. These fires attracted a lot of attention as they both involved large buildings and were popular places for local residents and their families.
“These types of fires can cause significant concern in the local community with people asking questions about the causes, the future and the safety of other local buildings and the impact on local businesses. They can also take quite a long time to deal with – meaning we are unavailable to deal with other potentially life-threatening incidents.
“I would like to reassure all members of the local community that we will continue to work proactively with our partners to bring the perpetrators to justice and minimise the impact of incidents such as these.”
Watch Manager at Harworth Fire Station
Now, Crimestoppers is offering the reward of up to £1,000 for information passed to the charity that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for these attacks.
“Deliberate fire-setting is reckless. Besides the large financial cost, considerable inconvenience and tying up of fire crews, it could only be a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.
“I’d appeal to anyone who has information on these attacks to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge nobody will know you contacted us. Please, do the right thing by your community and tell us what you know, not who you are.”
Crimestoppers’ East Midlands Regional Manager