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Five Deliberately Set Fires in Hanley

Crews from Hanley were called to five separate bin fires around the Tintern Street area of Hanley in the early hours of this morning.

"Setting a bin on fire is an incredibly silly thing to do – you have no idea what is in that bin."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj

The fires had all been started deliberately with the first being set at 12.05am, a second just 10 minutes later and a further three at 2.05am, 3.20am and 3.40am.

The bins had been put out ready for refuse collection on Tintern Street, Eagle Street, Balfour Street and Waterloo Street by the various occupiers, however it appears the offender had moved the bins back closer to the properties.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj said: "It is likely these fires were set by the same person or people as they are all in a close proximity within a short time frame and of the same nature. Setting a bin on fire is an incredibly silly thing to do – you have no idea what is in that bin, it could explode, it could release toxic fumes and it can easily spread to nearby property or combustible materials.

"Whoever did this put themselves in danger as well as the surrounding properties, it was an incredibly selfish thing to do without a thought towards the possible outcomes of doing such a dangerous thing."

Crews spent a total of 79 minutes extinguishing the five fires. The incidents have been reported to Staffordshire Police.