Residents’ fear after four fires

The scene of the fire behind Barresdale and Sycamore avenue in Alnwick
The scene of the fire behind Barresdale and Sycamore avenue in Alnwick

Worried residents have spoken of their fear after rubbish was set alight in a field behind their homes in Alnwick.

On Friday evening, firefighters extinguished tyres, a sofa and a mattress in a field behind properties in Sycamore Avenue and Chapel Lands. They then attended a second fire further down the road in Upper Barresdale.

The scene of the fire behind Barresdale and Sycamore avenue in Alnwick

The scene of the fire behind Barresdale and Sycamore avenue in Alnwick

On Monday, firemen were called again to the field at around 6pm. An hour later they were back at the same field to put out another heap of rubbish that was ‘deliberately’ set on fire.

Residents of Sycamore Avenue have approached the Gazette with fears over fly-tipping in field which their gardens back on to.

Concerned residents told the Gazette that the incidents startedto happen during the darker months.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said that the people who have done this have ‘ruined it for everyone, it’s full or rubbish. Broken bits of settees and everything’.

“This has been going on for a long time, we’ve spoken to Homes for Northumberland and they’re apparently going to clear the field.

“They said they needed proof, who’s dumping it otherwise they won’t do anything.”

Another resident said: “There is nearly a full house dumped outside the street, all they need to do is pick up the phone and get someone to take it away.”

“We can’t understand why anyone would want to do this, especially when our gates back onto the land.”

A spokesman from Northumberland County Council said: “Local services workers have been to inspect the area and will be carrying out a full clean-up this week using all available staff to remove litter and tidy up the land.”

Meanwhile Assistant Chief Fire Officer Steve Richards: “People should always dispose of rubbish correctly, whether this is household waste or rubbish that needs to go to a council facility.

Not only is it unsightly and a health hazard, discarded rubbish can become a target for arsonists and is a fire hazard, particularly during periods of dry, sunny weather.

There’s also the issue that each time we are called to an incident of burning rubbish it’s tying up valuable fire service resources which could potentially be used for a more serious or life threatening incident such as a house fire or road traffic collision.”