HUGE patches of burnt land have been discovered close to the Gwrych Castle Woods in Abergele, with police warning people of the dangers of camp fires and disposable barbecues.

North Wales Police Rural Crime Team undertook a joint visit to the site with colleagues from local policing, National Resource Wales and the Gwrych Castle Trust, where they discovered the devastation caused by open fires.

With the area a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Police are warning members of the public of the “irreparable harm” that camp fires and barbecues can cause, and the burden this damage can be on emergency services.

A NWP Rural Crime Team spokesperson said: “There have been a number of issues of concern lately, in particular, camp fires and disposable BBQs.

“Much of the site has the status of a SSSI and fire damage can cause irreparable harm as well as causing a huge drain on resources for our colleagues in the Fire Service.

“We will be carrying out regular patrols in the area.”

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