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Help Us Tackle A Spate of Wheelie Bin Fires in Eastbourne

Date : 14 January 2020


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Help us to tackle a spate of wheelie bin fires in Eastbourne by taking a few simple steps. 

Last night (13 January) crews were called to the following incidents:  

  • At 23:01 yesterday (13 January) a crew were sent to a fire in the open involving four wheelie bins on fire. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the deliberate fire in Connaught Road, Eastbourne. 
  • Just minutes later at 23.34 another crew were sent to a second wheelie bin fire in the open in  Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, where firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the deliberate fire. 
  • Then at 23:35 Eastbourne firefighters were then sent to another large wheelie bin fire in Grove Road, Eastbourne, where they used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.  

Arson and deliberate fires are a problem for the Fire Service, the Police and the Ambulance Service. They endanger lives and divert valuable resources.

Station Manager Fleur Wilks said: “Help us to reduce these by reporting any suspicious activity to Sussex Police and being mindful of how you store waste near your property.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We are continuing to investigate a series of deliberate bin fires in Eastbourne town centre, and a fire at Seaside Medical Practice.

“We are checking and viewing local CCTV, and working closely with ESFRS to find those responsible for these fires.

“We'd urge residents with any information, including any suspicious activity that may have been captured on their CCTV doorbells, to contact police either online or by calling 101 quoting serial 62 of 12/01. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“An 18-year-old from Eastbourne has been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on police bail until February 1, 2020.”

Make sure your know how to keep your property safe by following these simple steps: 

Rubbish 

Rubbish is a ready sources of fuel for an arsonist, so fires involving rubbish can quickly spread to nearby homes and buildings putting lives at risk.

  • Only put rubbish and recycling containers out on collection days.
  • If you miss a collection contact your local council to report it.
  • Never store rubbish, or anything that can catch alight, in corridors, stair wells or escape routes.
  • Keep communal bin stores secure and well lit.
  • Store recycling containers a safe distance from buildings.
  • Don’t overload skips and get them removed when full.

For practical advice on how you can play your part in combating arson, please visit: www.esfrs.org/arson 

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