Poole heath fires: Boy, 16, arrested

Fire at Canford heath At the height of the blaze, a police helicopter was used to direct firefighters

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with heath fires in Dorset.

About 60 firefighters tackled a blaze at Canford Road, near to Knighton Heath Golf Club, on Tuesday and 35 firefighters fought a fire near Hamworthy, on Wednesday.

The arrested boy is from Poole.

Insp Ian Roe, from Dorset Police, said: "This arrest demonstrates our commitment to a robust investigation of these alleged offences."

He said: "We continue to work closely with our partners to protect the public and the delicate heathland environments from the danger and long-term damage that fires like these cause.

"I ask the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour especially in the prevailing hot and dry weather conditions."

The police, together with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, wardens and other volunteers, are carrying out patrols in heathland areas.

A fire service spokesman said Tuesday's fire was the size of 10 football pitches.

On Wednesday police had to evacuate the area around the Ham Common fire, closing the nearby beach, car parks and roads.

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