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Blow torch break-ins

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is aware of a growing safety concern following a number of incidents, around the High Peak area, where blow torches have been used to melt HPV and composite doors to gain access to properties.

Whilst the incidents are being looked into by Derbyshire Constabulary, they do pose a potential fire risk due to the use of blow torches.

Prevention Station Manager Mark Whitelaw said: “It’s devastating to hear such incidents are happening within our local communities, especially at this time of year. Our police colleagues are working hard to reduce the risk of such incidents, but it’s important to be aware and have safety advice in place to reduce your risk.

“To help keep you safe from fire in your home please make sure you have working smoke alarms installed and test them weekly; but most importantly be vigilant, and have a planned and practiced escape route so you can get out safely in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, remember, Get out, Stay out, and Call 999.”