Kidwelly youngsters told to “grow up” after grass fire near children’s play area

Kidwelly youngsters told to “grow up” after grass fire near children’s play area

24 April 2013

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United Kingdom — BOOZED up youngsters have been told to “grow up” after it’s thought they deliberately started a grass fire near a well-used children’s play area in Kidwelly.

Firefighters rushed to Parc Hendre on Friday night to deal with the blaze, where they extinguished the flames using beaters near land used every day by kids.

And now a group of teenagers who only last month made a desperate plea for the council to give them more things to do, have hit out at the behaviour — saying it reflects badly on the rest of his age group.

Sam Lodwick, 17, of Priory Street, one of many who called for change in the town last month, said: “Come on, what’s going through their heads?

“Right next to a children’s park where loads of children play every day. Doing drugs and alcohol in there, making fires, they all need to get a life and grow up.”

Earlier this month, Mid and West Wales Fire Service issued a plea to mums and dads to look for any signs of fire-setting behaviour from their children and to explain the dangers and consequences involved.

It came after a spate of grass fires in the region which, according to Steve Davies of the arson reduction team, were “deliberately set”.

Councillor Fran Burke-Lloyd, who is mum, backed Mr Davies’s advice, calling on parents to do more to keep their children in line.

She said: “How difficult can it be for parents to instil right and wrong into their children.

“If they are bored or say they have nothing to do, they should find something to do. There is loads of sports organisations like karate and kickboxing that would not cost them a thing to join.

“All the organisations are always looking for youngsters to join in and I feel it’s a very good way to vent whatever they are feeling in a better way.

“It’s really down to advice from their parents — you don’t need to be a bully to be a parent.”

A Dyfed-Powys police spokeswoman said officers were in attendance but that no further action was taken.

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