Arson attacks double

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Arson attacks on wheelie bins have almost doubled around Bonfire night over the past three years, new figures reveal.

With 79 incidents taking place between October 30 and November 7th last year, that’s almost double the number of incidents during the same period in 2014 when 41 were recorded.

Domestic refuse bins can become easy fire targets outside properties particularly if they are left out after collection days.

This year during the past two weeks alone, crews from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have dealt with 24 fires linked to wheelie bins and refuse containers, with incidents taking place across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.

With the risk of arson attacks on wheelie bins likely to increase in the next week during the run up to Bonfire night itself, residents are being asked to be extra vigilant and keep their bins in safe areas.

Paul Kay, of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s arson reduction unit, said: “The risk of wheelie bins being targeted during the run up to Bonfire night has increased in recent years and the figures in Merseyside in 2016 reflect that.

“Incidents like this are the result of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour, putting both the lives of residents and the safety of their properties at risk.

“We would urge local residents to take care in helping to minimise the risk of their bins being targeted. Only put your bin out on the day of collection and bring it back in immediately. Store it in a safe area away from windows and doors if possible.”