FIREFIGHTERS have vowed to extinguish illegal barbecues in the New Forest by pouring water on burgers and bangers.

Crews have vented their frustration after another spate of fires involving bonfires and barbecues in the Forest and other parts of Hampshire.

Hants Fire Control tweeted: "Overnight we have been called to fires in the open in Portsmouth, Andover, Fleet, Burley, Calmore, Basingstoke, Waterlooville. Why?"

Another tweet says: "Control have now mobilised to yet another BBQ, this time in the Ringwood area.

"We don't intend to ruin anyone's evening but BBQs are not permitted in the New Forest and we will put water on your burgers and bangers and no-one likes a soggy sausage."