Teenagers charged over spate of deliberate grass fires

A 15 and 16-year-old have been 'identified, traced and charged' in relation to the blazes in Dumfries.

Teenagers charged over spate of deliberate grass fires Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Two teenagers have been charged following a spate of grass fires in Dumfries and Galloway.

The deliberate blazes occurred in Lincluden, Dumfries, last Monday.

On Sunday, Police Scotland confirmed that two youths – aged 15 and 16 – had been “identified, traced and charged in relation to the fires” following enquiries by the Dumfries Community Policing Unit.

A spokesperson from SFRS Dumfries & Galloway said: “Deliberate fire-setting is not only criminal and destructive for communities, it’s dangerous for firefighters and others who have to respond.”

Meanwhile, police are still investigating a series of deliberate fires in the Sanquhar and Kelloholm areas within the region over the past few weeks.

A force spokesperson said: “Please be reminded deliberately setting a fire is unacceptable and is a crime.

“The fires have the potential to spread quickly and become out of control – putting people and property at risk. 

“In addition, wildfires are damaging to wildlife and the environment.”