Suspected arsonists to be watched 'round the clock' to stamp out car fires

The Bolton News: Suspected arsonists to be watched "round the clock" to stamp out car fires Suspected arsonists to be watched "round the clock" to stamp out car fires

SUSPECTED arsonists will be monitored round the clock in a crackdown on car fires.

Police have joined forces with firefighters to target arsonists following a spike in vehicle blazes across Bolton.

The month-long campaign is the first of its kind to be carried out in Bolton and comes after figures revealed 90 vehicles were deliberately set alight since last April — a rise on the previous year’s figure of 87.

Officers have written to more than 20 people informing them that they will be under surveillance until they are satisfied they are no longer involved in causing fires.

Ch Insp Carol Martin, for Bolton, said: “There will be a proactive coordinated response between the police and the fire service to make sure we can get on top of this.

“We have written to people who have been involved in deliberate fires, warning them they are now a subject of close attention by us monitoring their movements closely and will take action against them if they undertake any criminal activity.

She added: “The fact we have warned them can be used in court as they have been pre-empted. If these people who have been written do commit crimes we can tell the magistrates or the judge about the letter. This means they might deal with people more stringently.”

The hotspot areas for the fires have been identified as Halliwell, Crompton and Farnworth — but firefighters and police will also be keeping a close watch on other areas.

Ian Bailey, the fire service borough commander, said the vehicle fires over the past year have included 16 in Farnworth, seven from Halliwell and 12 Crompton — amounting to more than a third of the fires in the borough.

Bolton is one of the few areas in Greater Manchester to see an increase in vehicle blazes — Wigan and Stockport have also need a rise.

Mr Bailey said: “We have a bit of a problem here with vehicle fires. I don’t think the campaign is going to solve the issue outright but it’s warning for people who do this type of crime.”

“There has been 90 incidents since April and 56 of them have between 10pm and 5am. People are going out in the cloak of darkness.”

In June last year, two taxis in Halliwell were set alight within minutes of each other.

And back in 2010, police launched an arson investigation in Farnworth after three cars were set alight in just one night.

He said call outs are tying up firefighters for about an hour when they could potentially be on more serious call-outs.

Each call out for the fire service costs more than £2,900.

People can report arson suspects to police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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9:45am Fri 28 Mar 14

boltonchap says...

How dumb is that? They know who they, they've told them they know who they are so they'll just wait until they're no longer monitored and then start their arson attacks again. Surely it would be better not to inform the scumbags, monitor them covertly and catch them on the job so to speak.
How do these thickos get their jobs FFS?
How dumb is that? They know who they, they've told them they know who they are so they'll just wait until they're no longer monitored and then start their arson attacks again. Surely it would be better not to inform the scumbags, monitor them covertly and catch them on the job so to speak. How do these thickos get their jobs FFS? boltonchap
  • Score: 26

11:18am Fri 28 Mar 14

marco999 says...

Great to see that they have the resources to monitor all these criminals.
Great to see that they have the resources to monitor all these criminals. marco999
  • Score: 7

11:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

boltonchap says...

Perhaps we should call these two dumb and dumber!
Perhaps we should call these two dumb and dumber! boltonchap
  • Score: 9

12:37pm Fri 28 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

and the magistrates will be more "stringent" ?
How naïve is that?
and the magistrates will be more "stringent" ? How naïve is that? cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

boltonchap wrote:
How dumb is that? They know who they, they've told them they know who they are so they'll just wait until they're no longer monitored and then start their arson attacks again. Surely it would be better not to inform the scumbags, monitor them covertly and catch them on the job so to speak.
How do these thickos get their jobs FFS?
It says 'suspected' arsonists, which reads to me the 20 haven't been convicted of torching cars in the past? And id prefer my car wasn't set on fire rather than it was just so the little git gets caught and then gets given a slap on the wrist by the soft out of touch magistrates and no compensation. Prevention is better than cure for me.
[quote][p][bold]boltonchap[/bold] wrote: How dumb is that? They know who they, they've told them they know who they are so they'll just wait until they're no longer monitored and then start their arson attacks again. Surely it would be better not to inform the scumbags, monitor them covertly and catch them on the job so to speak. How do these thickos get their jobs FFS?[/p][/quote]It says 'suspected' arsonists, which reads to me the 20 haven't been convicted of torching cars in the past? And id prefer my car wasn't set on fire rather than it was just so the little git gets caught and then gets given a slap on the wrist by the soft out of touch magistrates and no compensation. Prevention is better than cure for me. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 6

1:04pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rememberscarborough says...

These people are quite clearly mentally ill and a danger to society. If they ran around with an axe they've be sectioned indefinitely so what's the difference?
These people are quite clearly mentally ill and a danger to society. If they ran around with an axe they've be sectioned indefinitely so what's the difference? Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 5

1:30pm Fri 28 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Perhaps they have no intention of monitoring these people, they just want to put the wind up them.

I doubt they sit at home itching for the opportunity to dash out and set a car on fire. I think they are more likely to be out one night, drunk and then partake in some warped merriment be setting a random car on fire.
Perhaps they have no intention of monitoring these people, they just want to put the wind up them. I doubt they sit at home itching for the opportunity to dash out and set a car on fire. I think they are more likely to be out one night, drunk and then partake in some warped merriment be setting a random car on fire. atlas123
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Can we do the same for scumbag burglars?
Can we do the same for scumbag burglars? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Smeagol says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
These people are quite clearly mentally ill and a danger to society. If they ran around with an axe they've be sectioned indefinitely so what's the difference?
They may be a "danger to society" and criminals, but they are not "quite clearly mentally ill" at all. This sort of criminal behaviour is not necessarily an indication of mental illness, and to think it is, seriously misrepresents the nature of mental illness. Unless there are other factors that we don't know about, these people belong in the criminal justice system, not the mental health system.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: These people are quite clearly mentally ill and a danger to society. If they ran around with an axe they've be sectioned indefinitely so what's the difference?[/p][/quote]They may be a "danger to society" and criminals, but they are not "quite clearly mentally ill" at all. This sort of criminal behaviour is not necessarily an indication of mental illness, and to think it is, seriously misrepresents the nature of mental illness. Unless there are other factors that we don't know about, these people belong in the criminal justice system, not the mental health system. Smeagol
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Sat 29 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

Q1. Where have all these resources to catch these idiots come from?

Q2. Does ANYONE really expect anything like a decent sentence from such a weak, and almost none existent, justice system?

The police are p**5ing in the wind and getting thrice their own back in trying to carry out their day to day jobs. They are completely demoralised in running around like blue arsed flies, catching the crims' only for the CPS to say there's not enough evidence, and/or the courts slap their wrists with a menial fine at best, or give them a few hours behind bars.

We have a joke of a legal and criminal justice system.
Q1. Where have all these resources to catch these idiots come from? Q2. Does ANYONE really expect anything like a decent sentence from such a weak, and almost none existent, justice system? The police are p**5ing in the wind and getting thrice their own back in trying to carry out their day to day jobs. They are completely demoralised in running around like blue arsed flies, catching the crims' only for the CPS to say there's not enough evidence, and/or the courts slap their wrists with a menial fine at best, or give them a few hours behind bars. We have a joke of a legal and criminal justice system. wsw69
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Sat 29 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Can we do the same for scumbag burglars?
and addicts, drug dealers, prolific shop lifters and takeaway owners who dont know where the gaming machine came from..............
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: Can we do the same for scumbag burglars?[/p][/quote]and addicts, drug dealers, prolific shop lifters and takeaway owners who dont know where the gaming machine came from.............. gigglebox3
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Sat 29 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

oh and disabled men who hit police officers with their mobility scooters!
oh and disabled men who hit police officers with their mobility scooters! gigglebox3
  • Score: 1

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