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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Two 15-year-olds arrested after Newport grass fire

Two boys, aged 15 from Newport, have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a grass fire in the Gaer area of Newport last week.

The total number of grass fires dealt with by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are up by nearly 200% on last year Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

They have since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police are asking anyone with information on grass fires to come forward.

It comes as Crimstoppers announced a reward up of to £5,000 for information on deliberate grass fires across south Wales.

Deliberate grass fires not only blight the countryside, wildlife and the environment, they present a very real danger to members of the public. Whoever is responsible not only has to live with the consequences of the damage but the real possibility of causing injury to members of the public. They will also face prosecution which could result in a custodial sentence.

– Inspector Neil Muirhead, Gwent Police

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