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Crimestoppers offer £5,000 reward for information on deliberate grass fires

Fire crews have been working around the clock to extinguish grass fires across south Wales. Photo: mawwfire.gov.uk

Crimestoppers is offering a reward up of to £5,000 for information on a series of deliberate grass fires across south Wales.

More than 100 blazes across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil have been reported to police since the beginning of March.

Porth, in the heart of the Rhondda valley, has suffered more grass fires than any other area – with one coming close to destroying a farm building.

South Wales Police has arrested a number of adults and children in connection with the incidents and enquiries are ongoing.

Some of the grass fires were close to reaching people's homes. Credit: Marc Tierney

This is a horrific series of arsons which is not only devastating the beautiful natural surroundings of the valleys but putting lives at risk.

It is important to catch those responsible before someone is seriously injured or killed.

There are people out there who have information on the culprits and I would urge those people to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form.

You have nothing to fear by contacting us. We do not take personal details and we cannot trace calls or information given online.

We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.

– Stuart Taylor, Chairman of Crimestoppers’ committee in Wales

Officers are also urging people to watch out for the signs of the intent to commit arson - including clothes smelling of smoke and charred skin as well as missing matches, lighters and accelerants.

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