A business park boss has hit out at the “ridiculous behaviour” of youngsters who deliberately started a fire in a field at Culcheth, Warrington.
Paul Taylor, Managing Director of Taylor Business Park, is appealing for witnesses to come forward to help catch those responsible and is also having CCTV footage from security cameras at his business park reviewed, to see if it can help track down the culprits.
The latest incident took place last Sunday (June 3) at about 2pm when youths were seen on the fields near the disused railway between the village and Taylor Business Park.
Mr Taylor said said, “One of our tenants reported youths messing about on the fields to security at around 2:30pm and after checking it out security noticed that they had set the field on fire. They immediately called it in to the fire brigade who told us that some houses bordering the disused railway there had already called it in.”
“The fire brigade had trouble getting access to it due to its location and once they arrived on scene it had already covered a sizeable area of the field. They used paddles to put the fire out and they were there for hours making sure it was safe.”
“This sort of behaviour is ridiculous. They may see it as a bit of fun but while the fire brigade is here playing whack-a-mole with fires in a field they can’t respond to other life threatening incidents as they are called in.”
He added: “There are fires popping up all over the place at the moment. Some are started accidentally and as we’ve seen in the news there have already been arrests for arson for fires that have been purposefully started like the one on Winter Hill in Bolton.
“If anyone has any information on who has done this please get in touch with the police or have a word with their parents. I’m sure they’d be furious if they knew what they have been doing. We are going through security footage to see what we have on our cameras and we’ll be giving that to the police.”