Police hunt arsonist after bins set alight in New Mills

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Police have launched a crackdown on anti-social behaviour after bins were set alight in New Mills.

Officers were called at around 10.10pm on Saturday following reports that accelerants had been used to set three household rubbish bins on fire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident on Hyde Bank Road to put out the fire, however the bins were destroyed.

PCSO Lee Baker, from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are asking anyone with any information about the incident to contact us. Fires are extremely dangerous and can spread quickly so we are thankful that it was just the bins that were damaged.

“Although there is no suggestion that youngsters caused the fire, I would ask parents to be aware of where their children are heading at night time, especially now that the darker nights are drawing in. This will help prevent anti-social behaviour in our communities and keep children safe.

“We are working closely with our colleagues at the fire service to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of criminal damage, fire and anti-social behaviour. The team and I are also looking to visit schools in the area to speak to youngsters about similar issues.”

Anyone with any information about the incident mentioned is asked to contact PC Nigel Palmer on 101.