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Busy night for fire crews

FIREFIGHTERS had to deal with a spate of fires in Hyndburn last night (Wednesday).

FIREFIGHTERS had to deal with a spate of fires in Hyndburn last night (Wednesday).

  • A VAN was abandoned on the travellers site at Whinney Hill following a police chase on Wednesday evening.

Officers from the Divisional Auto Crime team began to tail the Mercedes Vito van just after 12pm. They followed the vehicle to Whinney Hill where it was abandoned by three men who fled the scene.

Officers carried out an inspection of the van and found a quantity of stolen diesel. Great Harwood CID are appealing for anyone who can place the vehicle, registration number V997 ECB, in the last few days to contact them on 01254 353342.

  • FIRE crews were called to an area at the back of Belfield Road, Accrington at about 11.30pm on Wednesday night to reports of a vehicle on fire. The Ford Sierra is thought to have been deliberately set alight.
  • FIRE crews were called to Altham Autowreckers, Burnley Road, just before 3.50pm yesterday (Wednesday) after a car crushing machine caught fire. The blaze began after a vehicle, which still had some residual oil and petrol in the engine, was put into the machine. The fire was extinguished but crews were unable to remove the vehicle as the wiring system had been damaged during the blaze.


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