Photo: Freshwater Fire

‘FOOLISH & RECKLESS BEHAVIOUR’ SAY FIREFIGHTERS FOLLOWING FRESHWATER ARSON ATTACK

Photo: Freshwater Fire

Firefighters from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have tonight (Wednesday) tackled a fire at Freshwater’s Skate park following what is being described as an arson attack. 

Retained firefighters have declared the actions of those involved as ‘foolish and reckless behaviour’ after Freshwater’s fire crew were mobilised to bins and grass alight at the skate park at Moa Place, near School Green Road.

Fire Control mobilised a fire appliance and water carrier from Freshwater Fire Station to the incident, with intense flames and the smell of a burning accelerant greeting the first firefighters on scene.

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Crews believe petrol had been used to fuel the fire within the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Hose reel jets were used to extinguish the fire and dampen down the area.

Photo: Freshwater Fire

Besides the grass and bins, damage has also been caused to the MUGA fencing, commonly a steel mesh anti-vandal fence surrounding the park, where the paint had started to bubble and melt from the heat.

It is also said that there was also evidence that an attempt had been made to ignite a separate bin stack around 5 metres from the seat of the fire.

A spokesperson for Friends of Freshwater Fire Station said on Facebook:

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“Foolish and reckless behaviour!

“The intensity of the flames and smell from the burning suggested an accelerant such as petrol had been used to start the fire.

“This really is foolish and highly dangerous behaviour that spoils the areas created for our young people to enjoy.

“If anyone has information about this incident please contact our local neighbourhood police team.”

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Police have been made aware of the incident and anyone with information are urged to contact Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers.

Island Echo has approached Hampshire Constabulary for a statement.

Photo: Freshwater Fire

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tom
tom
4 days ago

I bet this was done by a resident who is trying to get the skate park closed. Kids don’t have the forethought to buy petrol.

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  tom
4 days ago

I agree. Such malicious intent. So sad.

truthouts
truthouts
Reply to  tom
4 days ago

Sorry Tom, but you must live a very sheltered life. I would hazard a guess that the petrol came form the fuel tank of one of the regularly stolen mopeds that the little treasures then rag up and down Avenue Road and around Colwell…

Unknown
Unknown
Reply to  tom
4 days ago

M8 the kid is an idiot

Banner
Banner
4 days ago

Is this not proof enough, that there needs to be stiffer penalties to deter these thick headed people that if caught you will be punished hard.
Not only have they ruined it for many they are a risk to us all .
Bin fire today, block of flats say tomorrow’s

isleofwighter
isleofwighter
Reply to  Banner
4 days ago

If there was a Police presence in the village, which there is’nt, it would deter such acts of vandalism. We are left completely out in the cold – lawless acts including drug running going on unchecked.
If you are very observant, you might catch a glimpse of a Police vehicle driving through during the daytime, never on foot or in the evenings when louts rule freely here.

Fred 2
Fred 2
4 days ago

When caught get fire service to burn their iPhone, trainers, Xbox etc so they get message.

yair
yair
Reply to  Fred 2
4 days ago

Or their slippers, sanatogen and honda jazz

Surfingwithsharks
Surfingwithsharks
Reply to  Fred 2
4 days ago

hes probably older than you Fred 2

Arthur Sausage
Arthur Sausage
4 days ago

Morons about yet again!

Old school.
Old school.
4 days ago

Can we refrain from repairing this at council tax payers expense please.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

Explain your reason why?

Old school.
Old school.
Reply to  Steve
4 days ago

If you need it explaining to you ‘steve’ perhaps you dont pay the ever increasing council tax yourself, just a thought.

Gary Toul
Gary Toul
Reply to  Old school.
4 days ago

Would you prefer the kids be out on the street drinking and smashing windows then? I think the council should pay for this, plus build more around the island. Give kids something to do. I wish we had more like this when I was younger

Islander born & bred
Islander born & bred
Reply to  Gary Toul
3 days ago

Not all kids would be out vandalising. Some prefer quieter pursuits. Don’t know why my previous comment pointing that out has been removed.

Grass
Grass
4 days ago

Let fund raising and charity pay for such places.

Why should our council tax ever fund ‘entertainment’ for selected interests of people.

Fine to have a skate park, but let those interested raise the cash, and, as most is for children, let their parents fund it via the government handouts that having children now fund and very well.

Unknown
Unknown
3 days ago

The amount of times freshwater skate park had been smashed and the vandalism that goes on it’s most likely an child

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