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Arsonists target Burnley allotment shed

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ARSONISTS targeted a shed on a Burnley allotment in a 'disgraceful' attack.

Fire crews were called to deal with three blazes within six hours on Monday night into the early hours yesterday.

At least one of the fires, in a shed in Moseley Road yesterday morning, is being treated as suspicious.

Two crews spent more than an hour battling flames at the allotment.

Fire chiefs called on gardening enthusiasts to ensure shed were securely locked overnight, and that flammable products were removed.

The incident took place at 12.10am.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to a fire on an allotment patch in Moseley Road shortly after midnight.

“Two pumps had to spend more than an hour putting out the fire. We are treating it as suspicious.

“We did receive reports about a gang of youths hanging around the area and these will be passed to the police.”

Two other minor rubbish fires were also tackled by fire crews on the same shift.

Rubbish was set alight on waste ground in Cog Lane at 7pm on Monday, while an unwanted mattress put out for collection in Pendle Way was targeted by arsonists at 2.30am yesterday.

Coun Jeff Sumner, who represents the Rosehill with Burnley Wood ward, said: “We’re trying to promote allotments in Burnley for leisure purposes and people take a lot of pride in them. I’ve got one myself. It’s somewhere where people go to forget about the problems of everyday life and if this attack was deliberate it’s disgraceful.

"I hope the culprits are brought to justice.

“This is someone’s pride and joy and could even contain lifestock. It’s ridiculous that someone would want to target it.”

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5:35pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Major Tom says...

Druggies and alkies looking for somewhere to sleep off their giro bought chemicals.
Druggies and alkies looking for somewhere to sleep off their giro bought chemicals. Major Tom
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5:05am Thu 28 Feb 13

woolywords says...

Funny how you should say that drink played a part in this crime, or should I say, crime spree, because I think they are related. That is, the latter two of the three fires, that is. The earlier one is something else.
Your fire setter, not arsonist, is most likely unemployed, has been drinking during that day, experienced some conflict action trigger, such as an arguement with family or person of the opposite sex, has poor interpersonal/commun
ication skills, low educational level with low self esteem and is a depression sufferer, that is unmedicated. It could be as simple a trigger as, you are drunk, go home and sleep it off but they have other ideas and their inadequacies make them lash out in this manner.
The track of the fires gives us clues as to where they had been that day, where the argument took place and where they live, with them living within 1km of the final fire.
The mattress fire, if it took place in a back alley, suggests knowledge of the area. So I'd be looking for some male, aged 18-25, who signed on the dole last Thursday and since signing takes place alphabetically, that should define the parameters even more, thus closing the net upon them.
They will have returned to the scenes of both crimes, being the only person that knew both locations and their relevance. Possibly engaging in conversations with anyone that was around at the time, asking questions like, do they know who did it. And, more importantly, if any authority figure was there, attempt to 'assist', by making suggestions, albeit wildly inaccurate ones. The need to insert themselves into the investigation, although unknowingly on their part, is part of their psychopathy.

You know what, if I wasn't so busy at work, had a better idea of the areas involved, access to the relevant data, I'd catch this beggar before breakfast.
Funny how you should say that drink played a part in this crime, or should I say, crime spree, because I think they are related. That is, the latter two of the three fires, that is. The earlier one is something else. Your fire setter, not arsonist, is most likely unemployed, has been drinking during that day, experienced some conflict action trigger, such as an arguement with family or person of the opposite sex, has poor interpersonal/commun ication skills, low educational level with low self esteem and is a depression sufferer, that is unmedicated. It could be as simple a trigger as, you are drunk, go home and sleep it off but they have other ideas and their inadequacies make them lash out in this manner. The track of the fires gives us clues as to where they had been that day, where the argument took place and where they live, with them living within 1km of the final fire. The mattress fire, if it took place in a back alley, suggests knowledge of the area. So I'd be looking for some male, aged 18-25, who signed on the dole last Thursday and since signing takes place alphabetically, that should define the parameters even more, thus closing the net upon them. They will have returned to the scenes of both crimes, being the only person that knew both locations and their relevance. Possibly engaging in conversations with anyone that was around at the time, asking questions like, do they know who did it. And, more importantly, if any authority figure was there, attempt to 'assist', by making suggestions, albeit wildly inaccurate ones. The need to insert themselves into the investigation, although unknowingly on their part, is part of their psychopathy. You know what, if I wasn't so busy at work, had a better idea of the areas involved, access to the relevant data, I'd catch this beggar before breakfast. woolywords
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