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Police Investigate Bin Fires in Scarborough

Police Investigate Bin Fires in Scarborough

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:26pm 3rd November 2010. (Updated at 2:07pm 3rd November 2010)

During the last week in October, a number of wheelie bins were set on fire in the Colescliffe Road, Colescliffe Crescent and Barrowcliff Road area of Scarborough. On each occasion they had to be extinguished by the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The latest incidents took place at just after 2.30am today (Tuesday 2 November). The first was at the junction of Raleigh Road and Prospect Road when a metal rubbish bin was set on fire. The fire then spread to rubbish that had been left out for collection causing severe damage to a van parked nearby.  A short time later, ten wheelie bins were destroyed near Jennings Computer Centre on Victoria Road.

Sergeant Graham Kynman, of the Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Whoever is setting the bins on fire is showing a reckless and shocking disregard for property and life. It is only through sheer good luck that no one has been hurt or property more severely damaged.

"It is essential that whoever is committing these criminal acts is caught as soon as possible, before someone gets injured."

Sgt Kynman added: "As well as putting lives at risk, the fires also mean that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are not available to tackle emergency call outs.

"It is imperative that anyone with any information about the individuals responsible for the fires contact the police immediately."

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Sergeant Graham Kynman of Scarborough police on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100187305. They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Urgent - Wheelie Bin Fire Safety

North Yorkshire Police and Fire & Rescue Service working with Scarborough Borough Council are urging residents to help prevent bin fires in the Borough.

As Bonfire night is nearly upon us we are asking Scarborough Boroughs residents to follow some simple safety steps to keep nuisance fires to a minimum:


  • Place your wheelie bin out on collection day only and return it to your property as soon as possible after collection.
  • Do not overfill your wheelie bin or leave loose rubbish round it
  • Do not store your wheelie bin in close proximity to a building
  • Do not allow bins or rubbish to block escape routes
  • Do not store rubbish by windows or doors


Marc Warren, Station Manager, Scarborough Fire Station said:

“Although these fires may appear small, their effects spread much further. Apart from the inconvenience to homeowners who have to replace the bin, rubbish fires are also a drain on North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, tying up resources which could be needed for life-saving emergency response. People often underestimate the damage that can be caused by a fire involving wheelie bins or refuse. Rubbish burns at an alarming rate and the fire can spread extremely rapidly. Often the flames can set fire to a neighbouring fence or shed and this is when lives can be put at risk.”


Harry Briggs, Recycling & Waste Enforcement Manager, Scarborough Borough Council said:

“I would urge residents to ensure their bins are removed as soon after collection as possible. The longer they are on the highway the more risk they pose, even more so at this time of year.”

Inspector Tony Quinn of North Yorkshire Police said;

“Wheelie bin fires have a knock on effect to police resources, councils and other local agencies, and ultimately it is the council taxpayer who pays the bill when you take in to account the cost of replacing the bin, cleaning up the area and any damage to adjacent buildings as well as the risk to human life.

The act of setting wheelie bins and rubbish on fire is not just a bit of mischief it is a criminal offence and any incident will be treated as such”.




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