Locks fitted to wheelie bins

LOCKS have been fitted to 400 wheelie bins in Longley to reduce arson attacks.

The project is one of the largest of its type in the UK and has seen offenders carrying out the work as part of their probation.

Fire Service group manager John Roberts said: “Wheelie bin fires are an incredibly serious issue. Not only do they represent a massive drain on our resources and may prevent us from dealing with more serious incidents, they themselves can often escalate and become life-threatening.”