Authorities set new approach to tackling spate of grass fires

A new approach on tackling the vast number of grassland fires that have threatened communities right across Wales has been set at a conference in Cardiff. Since the beginning of the month firefighters have dealt with 1,200 fires that were deliberately started.

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Police arrest children in grass fire outbreaks

South Wales Police investigating hundreds of grass fires across south Wales have arrested a number of children.

Four youths aged between 12 and 14 were arrested in Maerdy on Sunday evening and have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

In a separate matter, an 11 year-old boy was arrested in Taff; he, and others members of a group, were taken home to their parents by officers who gave them stern advice.

Grass fire between Abercynon and Cilfynydd at the weekend. Credit: Alex Richards

Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes has fired a "warning shot" to those intent on causing grass fires across the region.

He has promised to take robust action wherever possible on those caught setting their communities alight.

What is most concerning is that we believe that many of these grass fires are being cause by children. This must be addressed and everybody can do their bit in the community. Teachers, neighbours, shop owners, but most importantly parents or carers have a role to play and can make a stand against this recurring problem.

– Deputy Chief Constable Matt Jukes

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