Kent

Kent children blamed for Easter grass fires

Children and teenagers are believed to have started nearly 50 grassland and rubbish fires in Kent and Medway since the start of the Easter holidays.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said it attended 119 blazes involving rubbish, grassland, bushes and trees between 31 March and 9 April.

It believed 85 of them were started deliberately - 46 of those by children and young people under 17.

The cause of other fires remains unknown, KFRS said.

"These fires can easily spread out of control, destroying wildlife and putting property and people's lives, including those of firefighters, at risk," said community safety manager Stuart Skilton.

Previous trouble spots include Old Park in Canterbury, Dartford Heath, Coney Banks and the Great Lines in Chatham and Gillingham.

Others are Saltings Road and the recreation ground in Snodland, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge town centres and Park Wood and Shepway estate.

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