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Gedney Hill fires: police probe 'ongoing'




Villagers in Gedney Hill are being told to stay alert after a series of fires there, mostly on farmland.

Police are treating the fires, mainly around the Luttongate area, as "suspicious" but no one has yet been identified as the culprit.

One villager, who asked not to be named, claimed that more than 25 fires had taken place in and around Luttongate over nearly two years.

Farmland off Luttongate in Gedney Hill that was set on fire deliberately in September 2019.Photo: SG170919-005TW.
Farmland off Luttongate in Gedney Hill that was set on fire deliberately in September 2019.Photo: SG170919-005TW.

The most recent incident happened on Monday, June 22, when a crew from Crowland Fire Station used a water hose reel to deal with hedgerow that had been set alight.

The villager said: "There's been an abundance of small fires in Luttongate and these have gone on for nearly two years.

"I think there have been over 25 fires, but I don't know how many were call-outs.

A series of deliberate fires in Gedney Hill were branded as 'the mindless actions of selfish people,' by a senior fire and rescue manager in September 2019. Photo: SG-170919-004TW.
A series of deliberate fires in Gedney Hill were branded as 'the mindless actions of selfish people,' by a senior fire and rescue manager in September 2019. Photo: SG-170919-004TW.

"The general thought was whether it's vendetta against someone for whatever reason and I understand that the police have now assigned somebody to investigate them.

"It's obvious that it's over and above children playing around because the fires have been centralised around Luttongate.

"Some of the fires have been fairly scary and the regularity of them, mainly during the summer months, is a bit worrying."

Coun Paul Redgate, chairman of Gedney Hill Parish Council, said: "There's quite a serious police investigation going on because of the amount of fires we've had in the village.

"No one knows whether it's a vendetta or they are doing it for fun.

"From a parish council point of view, we would ask all residents to be vigilant, especially as we're heading into the harvest season."

Gedney Hill county councillor Nigel Pepper said: "As a former firefighter myself, I find it disconcerting to keep hearing of these incidents in my division.

"Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue continues to be called out to deliberate fires in the Gedney Hill area and they are working closely with Lincolnshire Police to tackle this.

"Dealing with these incidents ties up valuable resources and deliberate fire-setting is investigated as a serious offence.

"If a call for a life-threatening emergency occurred whilst one of these incidents was being dealt with, there could be a delay in attending a genuine emergency."

Sergeant Cliff Fairhurst, of Holbeach Police Station, said: "Lincolnshire Police are currently investigating a series of suspicious fires in the Gedney Hill area.

"The investigation is ongoing at present and I would urge anyone with any information regarding these fires to contact police on 101."

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.



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