The woodland with stunning views where arsonists start fires every day

An area of woodland in Halifax, with stunning views over the valley below, has become a ‘rubbish dump’ where arsonists start fires nearly every day.

People living near the wooded cliffs, between West Bank and Crag Lane in Illingworth, are forced to call the fire service “on a daily basis” during the summer months.

They say young people have been spotted deliberately setting fires amongst the mess of fly-tipped old sofas, dumped trampolines and shopping trolleys that have been hurled over the cliff.

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This year, the fires have started earlier with firefighters already called out several times and large areas of vegetation have been scorched black.

One of the fires set amongst the rubbish in woodland between West Bank and Crag Lane in Halifax
One of the fires set amongst the rubbish in woodland between West Bank and Crag Lane in Halifax

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve been living in the area for three years now and the fires have always been a problem, especially during summers.

“This year it started a week ago and we have had to call the fire brigade on a daily basis.”

From the top of the cliffs, you can look across the valley to Mount Tabor, or up the valley towards Mixenden Reservoir and beyond that Ogden Reservoir, where two more moorland fires have been started in the last two weeks.

But the cliffs are not somewhere you would want to sit and take in the view.

The resident added: “As far as the fly-tipping, you can see how bad it is.

“Local kids keep chucking the Morrisons trolleys down the cliff.

“Basically, the entire area down the cliff is a big rubbish dump.”

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