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Arsonists behind fifth Dorset heath fire in three weeks

Burnt heathland at Studland
There was another arson attack on heathland at Studland on Tuesday

Arsonists are thought to be behind a fifth heathland fire in east Dorset in three weeks.

Crews were called to Sandford Road in the Sandford Woods area of Wareham just after 1900 BST on Saturday.

Firefighters believe the small fire was started maliciously and have informed police.

There was a fire on the same patch of land a week ago, when about a large amount of gorse and heathland was damaged.

Heathland arson has become a major problem for firefighters in Dorset.

On Friday, crews were called to West Moors Plantation near Ferndown and on Tuesday about 25 acres of gorse and heathland was damaged in an attack at Coronella Hill, Studland.



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