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Weymouth play park arson victim suffers burns

A woman suffered burns while trying to put out a play park blaze in the latest of a string of arson attacks in a troubled area of Weymouth.

The victim, aged n her 30s, suffered what police called "superficial" burns in the fire, behind Littlemoor Community Centre on Monday.

Police and other agencies are working together to combat problems after a spate of trouble in the area.

Officers now have powers to disperse groups behaving anti-socially.

'Malicious fire'

Weymouth Neighbourhood Inspector Les Fry, said: "This was another malicious fire in the Littlemoor area.

"Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured.

"Dorset Police has been working hard with our partner agencies to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is effectively tackled on the Littlemoor estate.

"We will not tolerate this sort behaviour."

Police say they have received "numerous" reports of arson attacks on the Littlemoor estate in recent weeks.

Dave Graham, Weymouth and Portland district commander for Dorset Fire and Rescue, said: "All fire is extremely dangerous, and arson even more so as it can harm not only the individual setting the fire but also those community minded individuals who may try to extinguish it, plus of course our fire crews".

Police have recently been given powers to take any young people in the area aged under 16 home between 21:00 GMT and 06:00 GMT if they are in a public place and involved in or at risk from anti-social behaviour.

Street lights have been turned back on at night time and a temporary mobile CCTV camera has also been installed to help tackle problems.

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