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Hunt for arsonists who targeted fishing jetties at Middlesbrough lake
AN investigation has been launched after a serious arson attack at a Middlesbrough recreation area.
Three fires were started at around 8.30pm on Wednesday (August 7) causing extensive damage to three separate jetties at Hemlington Lake.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around and firefighters faced acrid smoke to extinguish the flames.
Steve Kitchen, acting watch manager of Coulby Newham fire station, said: “These jetties are for fishing from and they look like wood but they are plastic.
“When plastic burns it gives off a lot of heat and thick, black, acrid smoke and you could see the smoke for quite a way around.
“Police were called to control the crowd."
A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said the damage to the jetties is estimated at around £3,000, while those behind the arson attack may also have committed offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act by causing damage to the habitats of protected species including the water vole.
Mr Kitchen added: “There’s just no need for wanton destruction of these little fishing piers that are something nice, that are something constructive people can be doing.
“There is also the danger of these children being around a fire.
“Lakes are not really for playing near and particularly setting fires like that is extremely dangerous.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said officers attended both incidents said 50-60 youths were present at the fires.
The incidents were logged as “criminal damage” by police.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Police non emergency number 101 quoting ref. 138979 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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