Councillor voices her concerns over wheelie bin arson attacks

A COUNCILLOR has expressed concerns about the latest suspected arson attack in a fire hotspot.

Astley Bridge councillor Hilary Fairclough said she is worried on behalf of residents after three wheelie bins were set on fire in Astley Bridge on Thursday night.

The bins were dragged out to Barlow Park and set alight next to the changing room block.

Firefighters managed to douse the flames before they spread to the building.

Cllr Fairclough said: “This latest incident is very worrying. Bin fires are something we have to take very seriously.

“Everyone knows these things may start out as pranks but end up with very serious consequences.

“I hope if people know who is responsible they have the courage to report it, but as is often the case no one is around.”

It was the latest fire in a series of arson attacks in the area; firefighters were called out to scores of car and wheelie bin fires in the past year.

The nearby children’s play centre in the park and former Oldhams Primary School building have been set on fire several times in the past few months, while last November a garage was set on fire in Old Road.

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4:27pm Sun 10 Feb 13

questionairre says...

How do you break the mold of these morons.
I wish i had the answer, but alas I don't.
How do you break the mold of these morons. I wish i had the answer, but alas I don't. questionairre
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5:32pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Albert Wesker says...

If the police can't track down the lunatic that set something like 14 cars on fire up and down Plodder Lane in 2010 I don't hold out much hope of them sorting out someone lighting bins on fire.
If the police can't track down the lunatic that set something like 14 cars on fire up and down Plodder Lane in 2010 I don't hold out much hope of them sorting out someone lighting bins on fire. Albert Wesker
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6:04pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Jesusislord says...

I blame the immigrants!! And the police!! And the council!! And the parents!! People....pffft!
I blame the immigrants!! And the police!! And the council!! And the parents!! People....pffft! Jesusislord
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8:35pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Denis Tuborg says...

mmm!! not being funny but I wouldn't put it past "binmanbilly" setting fire to these wheelie bins and then accusing the real binmen of doing it to reduce their work load.
mmm!! not being funny but I wouldn't put it past "binmanbilly" setting fire to these wheelie bins and then accusing the real binmen of doing it to reduce their work load. Denis Tuborg
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