Reminder to stay vigilant following Dartford Heath fires
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Residents are being reminded to stay vigilant following several suspicious fires in Dartford.
Kent Police is investigating 13 incidents which are reported to have happened on Dartford Heath during August.
Both Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) responded to the incidents. No injuries were reported as a result of the fires.
Kent Police Community Safety Unit Inspector Trevor Jenner said: ‘While the recent heatwave caused some natural fires on the heath, our colleagues at KFRS have advised us that several were started suspiciously.
‘It is important to remind people that starting fires not only poses a real risk to those living, working and visiting the area, but it also causes irreparable damage to the environment and wildlife.
‘This behaviour is irresponsible and diverts important resources away from responding to other incidents.
‘We are continuing our enquiries surrounding these fires. I want to remind anyone who sees any individuals or groups of people behaving suspiciously to report their concerns to Kent Police via our website or 101.
‘If there is an immediate threat to life then always call 999.’
Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference 46/161467/22. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on their website here.
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