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Warning follows rise in fly-tipped waste fires

Wirral Council and the Fire Service is working closely to target areas affected by fly-tipping and loose refuse.

After an increase in fires started on fly-tipped waste, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service wants people to be vigilant and report loose refuse. 

This follows reports that, between April and December last year, the service attended 388 deliberately started refuse fires on Wirral, a lot of which had been fly-tipped. 

Mike Buratti, Wirral’s Fire Service Arson Office, said: ‘Dumped refuse damages the reputation of an area, encourages crime and anti-social behaviour, and can attract vermin. Deliberate refuse fires can spread quickly and are unpredictable.’

‘Fires we attend are investigated and people should be aware it is a crime to deliberately start fires. We work closely with the police and to identify those responsible, and if caught, perpetrators will be prosecuted.’

While carrying out regular Home Fire Safety Checks, fire crews will ask the public to report waste and fly-tipping to prevent danger to life, property and the environment.

You can report fly-tipping that is on Council land online: wirral.gov.uk/flytipping