Warning to Youths Following Fires in Summerhill, Hartlepool

Officers are warning youths about the dangers of fires after police received over 12 reports of suspected arson attacks over the bank holiday weekend.

The Summerhill area of Hartlepool was targeted and benches and trees were set alight. It is believed youths are responsible for the attacks.

A Cleveland Police Spokesperson said: “Officers work closely with Cleveland Fire Brigade in a bid to tackle this sort of behaviour. There is no excuse for starting fires and parents need to ensure that youngsters are being responsible and sensible.

“Arsonists put lives and wildlife in danger. Young people need to take responsibility for their actions and realise that they could seriously injure or kill someone, which could ultimately cost them their freedom.”

If anyone has any information regarding the arson attacks or the youths responsible is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting 067847. Crimestoppers anonymously can be contacted on 0800 555 111.