Teens arrested over moor fire

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire on Ovenden Moor in Halifax.

The two males - aged 15 and 16- were arrested by officers from the Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team.

They are currently in police custody.

Inspector Stuart Spencer from the neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are very aware of the massive impact the recent moorland fires have had upon our partner emergency services - in particular the fire service - and the devastating impact upon the fragile environment.

“Officers are and will continue to work closely with the fire service to identify anyone thought to be responsible for starting fires deliberately and to then bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information about people deliberately starting fires can call police on 0845 6060606 or the independent crime fighting charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111

A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fires in the Ogden area have severely damaged around four square kilometres of moorland and put a big strain on West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service resources, at a time when we were stretched.

“There has been a large and prolonged response from the fire and rescue service and a number of partners, who provided staff, volunteers and equipment, including a helicopter.

“Any fire started deliberately puts lives at risk and not only do they put anyone in close proximity at risk, but they also pose a danger to firefighters and partners who assist in tackling them.

“The fires have also caused considerable damage to rare wildlife and vegetation.”