Twitter used to prevent heath fires in Dorset

The fire at Upton Heath Fire destroyed a third of Upton Heath in June

Related Stories

Social networking site Twitter is being used to help prevent heath fires in Dorset.

A new collaboration between the National Trust, Dorset Fire and Rescue and police is encouraging people to tweet about any suspicious activities.

It comes after a fire destroyed one sq km (247 acres) and devastated wildlife on Upton Heath near Poole in June

The National Trust's Laurie Clark said: "Arson and criminal damage are a constant threat to the heaths."

"We know more and more of our visitors carry smartphones so we think Twitter could be a useful new tool in the battle against arson," he added.

The new @NTPurbeck Twitter account has been created for the summer months when the danger of heath fires is at its height.

Sgt Jon McCarthy of Dorset Police said: "We would encourage anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity, either on National Trust land or anywhere else across Dorset, to contact Dorset Police and report it immediately.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Dorset

Weather

Bournemouth

4 °C -2 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Three santa hatsChristmas again

    The town where it's celebrated three times a year


  • Anastasia Romanovna KrandievskayaShips in the night

    The Russian beauty who rebuffed a British writer as chaos loomed


  • The house where Hitler was bornHouse of Hitler

    Vacant birthplace of Nazi leader gives Austria a headache


  • Uber app and Taxi rankUber wars

    Battles over cheap taxis and other big ideas from 2014


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Relax in a hammockTime to retire?

    With enough dedication, you could say goodbye to your full-time job years sooner than you think

Programmes

  • Stephen Sackur with Status Quo's Francis RossiHARDtalk Watch

    Watch extracts of some of Stephen Sackur's best interviews from 2014

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.