Local police officers are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of fires in open spaces after they found a group of teens setting one in Abbots Langley woodlands.
In response to a number of reports of people setting fires in The Dell in Abbots Langley, PCSOs Ryun Beeson and Luke Yardley from Three Rivers started including the area on their foot patrol plan.
On June 2, they found eight teenagers who had set a fire in the wooded area. They gave the children words of advice before moving them on.
In a statement, Three Rivers Police said: “We ask that parents and families have conversations with their children and young people about the danger of setting fires in open spaces.
“Not only is deliberate fire-setting having a detrimental effect on the trees, plants and animals in the area, but it has the potential to be very dangerous if the fire spreads out of control.
“The deliberate setting of fires in an open space is classed as arson. Recently, the weather has been very warm and if we have a prolonged period of hot weather, the conditions in the woodland become like a tinder box.
“Even a discarded cigarette has the potential to cause huge devastation to a fantastic green space that we should all be helping to preserve and protect. Please do not set fires in The Dell – and instead reserve barbecues and campfires for your own garden, using the suitable safety equipment.”
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