A Renfrewshire councillor has raised concerns after a bin was torched outside a home in Bridge of Weir during the festive period.
Wheelie bins being set alight has become a regular occurrence in Renfrewshire but these type of crimes are not often reported to the Police. The recent incident in Bridge of Weir was not reported to officers.
In neighbouring Houston, a fire at the bin area of the Co-operative Food Supermarket on Crosslee Crescent destroyed £150,000 worth of stock. The store is expected to remain closed for a number of weeks and oficers are treating the fire as malicious.
The two fires happened within hours of each other,just over a mile apart. SNP councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don is urging residents to stay vigilant and report fires as soon as they occur to give officers ‘the best hope of getting to the bottom of these incidents’.
Cllr Don, said: “I am very concerned about incidents such as this. To light bins on fire on a main road in a residential area in close proximity to cars and private property is extremely careless and dangerous. Fire spreads and you just never know what could happen. This is evident from the fire that has led to the Houston Co-op being closed for several weeks.”
“I have contacted the Police about the incident in Bridge of Weir and raised my concerns however I have been advised that they have had no reports of fires caused by bins being set alight in Bridge of Weir in December.”
“The Police regularly warn us that these acts increase in the winter during the darker nights however they are not able to do anything if they are not aware of the incidents so I would encourage all residents, if you see something like this or your own bin is set alight, please make sure you raise this matter with the Police.”
“Our emergency services acted so swiftly on New Year’s Day to prevent as much damage as possible to the Co-op in Houston. People in Houston and surrounding areas rely on this shop for vital supplies and I am just thankful that nobody was injured due to all of this.”
Anyone who believes they have information regarding the fire at the Co-operative Food Supermarket in Houston or the Wheelie bin fire on Houston Road in Bridge of Weir are being urged by Cllr Don to call Police on telephone number 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Photo: Cllr Don with the torched Wheelie bin