14th Aug 2022 @ 9:22 am

Several rubbish containers and a palm tree were set alight last night on Calle las Piteras in Costa Teguise.

Firemen received a call at 22.20 and discovered fires had been caused at two groups of containers. Two paper recycling containers, one plastic container and one glass container were damaged, and a palm tree was also set fire to.

In July, island authorities met to tackle the problems of firestarting, which has damaged hundreds of containers and vehicles this year. However, they did not anno0unce the measures they would be taking “in order to maintain their effectiveness.”

The head of Lanzarote’s Emergency Consortium, Enrique Espinosa, has called for more cameras to tackle a problem that accounts for one in every four of firemen’s call-outs. Playa Honda has installed more cameras, while Arrecife has not yet done so.

However, the problem is so widespread that a few cameras are unlikely to put a stop to it. Five males have been arrested this year for arson, and two are in prison awaiting trial. However, the problem continues. 

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