“Irresponsible” arsonist set car on fire

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A car was deliberately set on fire in broad daylight.

A fire crew from Hindley were called to a car park off Platt Street in Platt Bridge at 12.52pm today, Monday, after a car had been set alight.

It took the crew about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze but crew manager Craig Cubbins has branded the arsonist as irresponsible.

He said: “It looked like the car had been abandoned and someone had come along and set fire to it.

“It is environmentally very bad and it tied us up for about 30 minutes when we could have been needed elsewhere.

“It is also very dangerous, especially with it being the summer holidays and it having happened in the middle of the day when there might have been children around.

“It is very irresponsible. It has cost a cash strapped council money to come and clear it up and in the meantime there is glass all over the ground, which is also dangerous.”