Firefighters believe fire near football club was caused by arsonists

Firefighters have issued an appeal to track down “youths from the age of 13 to 16” who they believe were responsible for an arson attack near Peterlee Town Football Club.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 12:39 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th February 2020, 1:40 pm
Firefighters would like information about a fire on Eden Lane in Peterlee on Wednesday, February 12.

The attack took place at around 6pm on Wednesday, February 12, on a field beside Eden Lane.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service believe the blaze was started deliberately.

No one was hurt in the incident although there were concerns for livestock in the field. Luckily the livestock was also unharmed.

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Watch manager Mick Corfield said: “At approximately 1800 hours we attended a large grass and gorse fire, which was at the rear of Peterlee Football Club.

“What concerned me the most was that there was a large amount of livestock in the field. Luckily the wind was blowing in the opposite direction.

“The information I gathered at the time was that youths from the age of 13 to 16 had started the fire.

“I need to make youths aware in the Peterlee and Horden area that this is unacceptable behaviour.

“They need to also be aware that this is a criminal offence and has a massive impact on us as a fire service.

“Can I please ask anyone who has information on the incident at the rear of Peterlee Football Club if you could call Firestoppers anonymously?”

Anyone with information on the field fire can call FireStoppers, with complete anonymity, on 0800 169 5558 or they can visit forms.theiline.co.uk/firestoppers and leave information there.