Cornwall

Arson suspected in Lizard Peninsula gorse fires

Fire Image copyright Mullion Community Fire Station
Image caption A road near a holiday park was closed because of the fires

Gorse fires on England's most southerly point are thought to have been started deliberately, firefighters say.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was first called to the Lizard Peninsula on Monday night, returning to extinguish further blazes on Goonhilly Downs on Tuesday evening.

The latest fires led to a road near Mullion Holiday Park being closed.

The brigade tweeted that the "large majority" of gorse fires in the area were suspicious.

Crews from five Cornwall stations were involved in tackling the blazes, which were extinguished by 21:15 GMT.

Three blazes in the area in November were also thought to have been started deliberately.

Image copyright Mullion Community Fire Station
Image caption Details of how the fires were thought to have been started have been passed to the police
Image copyright Mullion Community Fire Station
Image caption Crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service tackled the flames