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BREAKING: Was fire at top golf course started deliberately?

Wednesday 11th July 2018

A FIRE at Kings Hill golf course may have been started deliberately.

Four youths were reportedly seen riding bikes away from the scene.

The club is operating as usual.

Much of the course - considered one of the best in the county - is parched and dry after weeks of no rain and scorching hot sunshine.

The club had also recently imposed a smoking ban on the course to avoid the rish of fire.

Police said that an investigation is ongoing.

A spokesman from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) said: "The dry weather that Kent is experiencing at the moment means it is especially important to take extra care.

"Grass and crop fires can travel very quickly and change direction without warning. They can get out of hand fast and lead to extensive damage. Deliberately lit fires tie up firefighters and resources that could be needed elsewhere for house fires or car crashes where lives may be at risk.

"KFRS is appealing for anyone who spots a fire while outdoors to call the fire service on 999 as early as possible. An early call could mean the difference between a small, easily controllable fire and a widespread, devastating fire."