Extra police patrols after fires started in park
HORNSEA: Police are carrying out extra patrols at a park where gangs of youths have been starting fires.
Firefighters have been called to Hall Garth Park twice in recent weeks after the gang set fire to cardboard boxes and a traffic cone.
Officers had previously prioritised reducing antisocial behaviour and deliberate fires in the park.
A spokesman for the North Holderness neighbourhood policing team said: "The fire brigade were recently called to Hall Garth Park to what was reported as a large fire more than 8ft across.
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"It turned out to be a deliberate ignition to boxes that was extinguished by the brigade.
"A large group of youths had been seen in the area although, unsurprisingly, they'd fled prior to the arrival of police and brigade.
"It seems that the material used for the fire was empty cardboard boxes from the nearby shops that had been awaiting recycling.
"We will be speaking to those shops in the area and asking them to take extra care with their rubbish, ensuring it is locked away securely, especially out of hours.
"We will also be stepping up patrols in this area with a view to preventing such behaviour and educating the children who use the park."