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Bike patrols to stop moor fires

Moor fire
The patrols are to prevent anyone starting deliberate moor fires

Firefighters and police in Plymouth are to patrol an area of moorland on mountain bikes to prevent arsonists from setting fire to undergrowth.

Fire crews have been called to more than 25 suspected arson attacks on Roborough Down since April.

The patrols will be used to gather information and provide a visible presence, both services said.

Officers on patrol will also give safety advice to the public about dangers of fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service added that it was concerned that firefighters could be delayed from attending a fire where human life was in danger because crews were attending a deliberate fire on the Down.

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