Parents urged to check if their children come home 'smelling of smoke or accelerant' after a string of deliberate fires are set by youths in Dundee

Police Scotland have said that over the last two nights they have had to work alongside the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to deal with a number of fires in Dundee which have been deliberately set by youths.

Four fires were set within the space of an hour and a half on Sunday night, two in Kirkton, one in Caird Park (pictured) and one in Ardler.

On Sunday night, February, 28, four fires were set within the space of an hour and a half, two in Kirkton, one in Caird Park and one in Ardler.

On Monday night, March, 1, another two fires were set. One in Ardler again, and another one in Mid Cragie.

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Police have described the actions of these young people as “reckless and incredibly dangerous”.

Sergeant Karen Judge from Downfield Police office said: "It is extremely disappointing to have to deal with incidents of this nature. Those involved are exposing themselves and others to huge danger, and are also wasting the time of emergency services who are needed elsewhere.

"I would ask all parents in the area to ensure you know where your children are in the evening, that they are complying with Covid regulations about being outwith the home, and if they are coming home smelling of smoke or accelerant then you should be notifying us.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101, or you can anonymously call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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