Police launch arson investigations over two New Forest fires

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Fire crews on site at Forest Front (Photo: Hampshire police)

POLICE are investigating two fires believed to have been started deliberately in the New Forest over the weekend.

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A group of teenagers was reported to have been seen running from the scene of the first incident, a small blaze in the open in Blackfield Common on Saturday afternoon, according to officers.

Blackwell Common (photo: HFRS)

Called out shortly before 3pm, firefighters from Hardley quickly contained the flames.

The following day, just before 5pm, a Hythe crew responded to another small fire in the open which involved 10 square metres of grassland at Forest Front in the town.

Using a hose reel, they brought the emergency under control in just over half an hour.

Those with information about either blaze should contact Hampshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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