Bike patrols target fire starters

Police Community Support Supervisor (PCSS) Paul Newman, Fire Community Support Officer (FCSO) John Tinsley, FCSO Martin Lunn, PCSO Simon Ellis
Police Community Support Supervisor (PCSS) Paul Newman, Fire Community Support Officer (FCSO) John Tinsley, FCSO Martin Lunn, PCSO Simon Ellis
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POLICE and firefighters are getting on their bikes to join forces to stop grass and wood fires in South Yorkshire.

Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Rotherham North Safer Neighbourhood Team are working with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Community Support Officers to target arsonists intent on causing damage to land in Kimberworth.

The team say that during warm weather, local fields and wooded areas become tinder dry and can easily be set alight, accidentally or deliberately.

The patrols aim to ensure vulnerable areas are monitored, advice and guidance given to anyone seen using outdoor spaces and dealing with anyone behaving anti-socially or deliberately attempting to start a fire.

PCSO Paul Newman said: “Going out on bikes makes it a lot easier for us to cover more ground and increase our visibility within the community. The team is able to respond quickly to incidents and tackle issues that matter most to local residents.”