NEWS IN BRIEF: Firefighters deal with series of fires

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FIREFIGHTERS have dealt with a series of fires in the open - including 10 hectares of Beeley Moor, above Chatsworth House, which took nine hours to extinguish.

The weekend incidents also included 30 sq metres of grassland at Ulley Reservoir, Rotherham, grassland at Norfolk Park, Arbourthorne, and Frecheville, in Sheffield, a fence which had caught fire after a barbecue was overturned at Barrow Hill, Staveley, and a fire in woods behind Ashgate Ambulance Station, Chesterfield.

Members of the public are being urged to take care when discarding cigarette ends and litter in the dry weather to reduce the risk of fires breaking out.

There was a further call to woods near Fox House, in the Peak District, after smoke had been spotted but fire crews who arrived found it was from campers and there was no fire.

Theft suspect arrest

THE police helicopter tracked down a suspected shoplifter who fled from Retail World at Rotherham and ran onto nearby railway lines.

Officers arrested the man on Friday afternoon and quizzed him over the reported theft.

POLICE arrested a man at Tesco Extra, Spital Hill, Sheffield, on suspicion of going equipped with the intention of stealing alcohol.

A woman he was with was issued with an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.