ARSONISTS and vandals have targeted Stone in a spate of summer holiday incidents - prompting a warning that the pranks could lead to prison.
Revellers scaled St Michael’s Hall in Lichfield Road to put two traffic cones on the roof in the early hours of Saturday morning, damaging the roof in the process.
And firefighters have been called out to tackle five deliberate fires in Stone and the surrounding area in just five weeks, Staffordshire Fire Service has reported.
The latest incident on Friday morning involved a smouldering log left by a canal bridge at Meaford.
On August 28 three aerosol cans were alight in a waste bin at the Westbridge Park skate park.
Fire crews have also attended recycling bin fires at Westbridge Park car park and a refuse container fire at the back of Cotes and Standon Community Centre.
Head of risk reduction, Glynn Luznyj, said: “Starting a grass or rubbish fire or setting fire to a waste bin is not only antisocial behaviour, it can have devastating consequences.
"They may potentially be putting innocent lives at risk, possibly taking firefighters away from life-threatening incidents.
“People, particularly youngsters, need to remember that starting a fire deliberately is not big, funny or clever, it is a crime which can lead to a prosecution, a two-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of £5,000.”
St Michael’s Hall manager Dennis Abbott said the hall vandalism, which happened at around 2.15am on Saturday, had been reported to police but footage from CCTV cameras was not clear.
“In the process of doing this act of gross stupidity they broke a number of roof tiles, dislodged ridge tiles on the main roof and also completely removed the end ridge tile above the pavement.
"There is also damage to one of the finials,” he said.
“I despair of this and similar acts in the town.”
Last year Stone Town Council agreed to pay £480 for CCTV cameras to cover the hall to tackle anti-social behaviour including vandalism and litter.