Lives are being put at risk by arsonists who deliberately started three field fires near Castle Point Golf Course.

The sites were set on fire one after another.

The reckless acts followed soon after a number of other field fires on Canvey.

Fire crews rushed to a field off Somnes Avenue on Thursday just after 5pm and were able to put it out but not before a large area was burnt out.

Islanders have slammed the arsonists.

Veteran Tory councillor Ray Howard said is so dangerous.

He said: “These people do not know the possible complications of their actions.

“People could get hurt, as this is a busy area with people walking to and from the station.

“School holidays are a nightmare for us councillors and the emergency services.

“Most children on Canvey are well behaved but sadly it’s the minority who spoil it.

“I have nothing but praise for our fire service.

“It could be good if they could visit schools to talk to the children about the dangers.”

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighters were called to reports of a field fire near Somnes Avenue, Canvey Island at 5.09pm on Thursday August 30.

“Crews advised on arrival that there were three separate fires, which we believe were caused deliberately, in a similar area. Firefighters used backpack sprayers and beaters to extinguish all three fires and ensure the area was safe by 5.39pm.”

Last Friday the Echo reported on three fires within three days behind Waterside Farm Sports Centre and Cornelius Vermuyden School.

More than an acre of land was destroyed.

Police have been informed.