Arson struck former go-kart track in Tuckingmill to be secured
A SPATE of arson attacks on a former indoor go-kart track near Camborne has highlighted the area for improvement.
Rubbish has been dumped and set alight at the derelict warehouse six times since April.
Firefighters have also recently dealt with an arson attack on two cars and a caravan at West Tolgus in Illogan – despite the fire service's anti-arson campaign, Operation Anvil, which has helped to reduce the overall number of attacks in Camborne from 72 to 49 in the past financial year.
Last week, the Safer Camborne multi-agency initiative, set up to improve community safety and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the town, met to agree on action against vandals.
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Sarah Necke, Cornwall Council's community safety officer, who chaired the meeting, said the recent fires highlighted a problem.
She said: "People have been dumping rubble, mattresses and old sofas there because the frontage of the building is not secure.
"We have worked with the owners, who are based abroad, to secure the frontage in the past and we hope to work with them again to resolve the situation.
"Because of the recent fires we want to make sure the site is safe.
"We want to reduce any possibility of fire as there have been quite a few in the past few weeks and they have highlighted a problem."
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed the move. Group manager Dave Carlisle, based at Camborne fire station, said securing the frontage would make the area safer for the public and firefighters.
He has also praised the local firefighters for Operation Anvil, launched last year to tackle arson-related vandalism in Camborne.
"We had an increasing problem in the town but the campaign, which is still continuing, has helped to reduce the number of incidents in the town from 72 to 49.
"Following an arson attack, firefighters would visit the area and put up some information posters to draw people's attention to it.
"We have also visited schools giving talks about the dangers and consequences of arson and helped business owners in the town."
The Operation Anvil model has been replicated in areas including Penzance, where arson attacks plummeted from 64 to 28 in a year.
St Just saw a reduction from 11 cases to just 1, while in St Dennis, the numbers went down from 26 to 9 in the same period. "You can make a difference and that is down to our firefighters being proactive in the community," Mr Carlisle added.