Police and fire service investigate suspected arson near quarry

Police were alerted after a group of youths were seen on land near a quarry just before two fires erupted.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 15th May 2016, 7:46 am
Updated Sunday, 15th May 2016, 8:55 am

The fires were discovered on Old Road, Tintwistle, on land near a quarry about 8.40pm, on Saturday, May 14.

A Derbyshire fire service spokesman said: “The fires involved an area of scrubland and grass about 100metres by 100metres which was well alight.

“Police were informed after information confirmed that a group of youths had been seen in the area prior to the 999 call to the fire service.”

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Firefighters used beaters to extinguish the blaze and make the area safe.

The fire service also informed a park ranger of the circumstances.

Witnesses or anyone with information can call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.