Arsonists given police warning

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POLICE in a South Yorkshire village are implementing a zero tolerance policy towards those committing arson after having to deal with a spate of incidents.

Young people in Treeton, Rotherham, have been setting fire to dry grass near Treeton Dyke and the River Rother and behind St Helen’s Church.

South Yorkshire Police will be working with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s arson intervention officers to ensure that anyone starting such fires is brought to justice – even small fires are classed as criminal damage and are a criminal offence.

Police Community Support Officer Suzanne Ellis stressed that as well as the risk of prosecution, arsonists are putting themselves and others in danger, with the smoke and toxic gases released by fires being just as harmful as the heat and flames.