Grassfire Arsonists Are "Dull"

Wales First Minister is warning grassfires are "no laughing matter".

In an exclusive interview with Heart – Carwyn Jones has called those who start them "dull":

“If you start grassfires you're dull - worse than that you're a criminal.

“I know it's important to educate children who don't perhaps know better about the dangers of grassfires but we know there are people who are old enough to know better.

“My view is if you start a fire, you get caught, you're going to get prosecuted.

“No messing from my point of view.

“We know that grassfires can get out of control very quickly and can threaten both property and life. This is no laughing matter.”

It comes after fire fighters spent more than 12 hours tackling a grassfire in Wattsville.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says crews were sent from Cwmbran, Caerphilly, Aberbargoed, Duffryn, Risca and New Inn.

One man, who didn’t want to named, said it was really frightening:

“I was in the room watching tele and I could hear the fire engines so I came out to see what was going on.

“10 years ago we were evacuated because it came right down, we had to get out.”

In just this month alone fire fighters have had to tackle more than 600 of these blazes, the majority believed to be arson.

It’s hoped unsettled weather over the weekend will offer brief respite for crews in south Wales.