15-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life after South Cambridgeshire field fire

PUBLISHED: 00:37 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 00:37 15 August 2018

Caxton fire

Caxton fire

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Blaze hit 20 acres of farmland in Caxton

Cambridgeshire police arrested a teenage girl for suspected arson following a fire on farmland in Caxton.

The 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life. She has been released under investigation.

Fire crews from St Neots, Papworth and Cottenham were deployed to Brockholt Road in Caxton to extinguish 20 acres of farmland that had been deliberately set on fire on August 8, and left smoke drifting over Lower Cambourne.

Another fire was started deliberately in a wheelie bin in the early hours of August 7 on Back Lane in Cambourne. It is one of four such fires in the area in recent weeks, along with others in woodland.

Cllr Joseph O’Dwyer, chairman of Cambourne Parish Council, said: “It is an obvious concern. There have been a number of fires recently and some have been attributed to arsonists and others may have occurred through a discarded cigarette.

“The fire at Caxton affected Lower Cambourne residents because of the smoke.Whoever set light to something probably won’t have appreciated the potential damage it could do to commercial properties or homes, which could be catastrophic.”

PCSO John Coppard of Cambourne’s local policing team added: “Fire and police personnel have been called out to several fires within the village.

“These have all been classified as deliberate and are therefore classified as criminal acts. We have had four bin fires and a couple of these remain under investigation, with the hope of identifying the offenders.

“We have also had five fires within wooded areas, close to buildings, where there was a substantial risk of them spreading due to the proximity and dry conditions.

“If anyone does have any information regarding these fires and who is risking the safety of the community but wish to remain anonymous, they can do so by giving the details online at cambs.police.uk.”

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