A man has been cautioned after handing himself in following a moors fire earlier this year.

A blaze broke out on Mursbury Tor, Helmshore at around 8pm on April 22.

The fire caused damage to around two hectares of land resulting in significant impact on wildlife and their habitats.

Police and the fire service launched a joint investigation and a social media appeal was released.

A man came forward as a result of the appeal and he fully admitted the offence, showing remorse.

Police, the fire service and United Utilities have given the man an Adult Caution.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “With more warm weather looking like it is on the way, this is a timely reminder to urge members of the public to act responsibly when out enjoying the weather.

“Whilst we all want to enjoy the sunshine, it is vital that we protect our Countryside and wildlife and this incident highlights how easily a fire can start through pure carelessness with items such as cigarettes, disposable BBQs and open fires and more.”

People are reminded that if they see a wildfire, always report it on 999.