Police appeal after yobs flout lockdown rules to torch Staffordshire beauty spot



Rural crime experts believe yobs flouting the strict coronavirus lockdown rules started a ‘large fire’ at a Staffordshire beauty spot.

Three fire crews – from Rugeley, Cannock, and Chase Terrace – rushed to Cannock Chase at around 7.30pm last night (April 25) to reports of a grass fire at the popular walking spot.

It came just days after a series of fires across the county led to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service issuing a plea for people not to start deliberate fires as the emergency services are stretched helping the coronavirus crisis.

And families are restricted during the UK-wide lockdown which has limited trips out to essential journeys for work, shopping, or an hour’s daily exercise.

But police still believe last night’s fire was started deliberately.

A Staffordshire Police Rural and Wildlife Crime spokesman said: “We are currently investigating another fire on Cannock Chase.

“Fire crews were called to Rainbow Hill last night at 7.30pm. It is believed to be a deliberate ignition.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 101 quoting incident 879 of April 25. Alternatively, email Darren.wilkes@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk





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