Police are warning of the dangers of setting fires in wheelie bins after a spate of arsons in the south west of Sheffield.
Although nobody was injured in the incidents in Totley and Bradway, officers say the repercussions could have been far more serious.
Acting Sgt Kevin Marsh said: “A fire started in a wheelie bin could easily get out of control, spread to nearby properties and, ultimately, lead to loss of life.
“Setting small fires also calls emergency services away from other incidents and means that valuable time and resources are being stretched.”
Three wheelie bins were set on fire at All Saints Church in Totley, with another on Bradway Road.
Fire officers say wheelie bins should be put out early on the morning of collection, rather than the night before, and taken from the kerbside as soon as possible after collection.