Four hectares of grass and shrubland land have been destroyed by a fire in Sutton on Friday.

London Fire Brigade was called to Hackbridge Road in Hackbridge at 7.11pm.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled the blaze, bringing it under control by 9.32pm.

This is one of four fires that occurred in London on Friday and Saturday, with the others taking place in Orpington, Keston and Crayford.

London Fire Brigade has pleaded for the public to take extra care to avoid starting these grass fires.

The brigade has given the following advice: “Don't have barbecues in parks, public spaces or on balconies.

“Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire.

“Dispose of smoking materials such as cigarettes safely - don’t drop cigarettes on dry ground and don’t drop them out of car windows, as they may land on dry grass and lead to a fire.”

London Fire Brigade is also currently running a campaign to stop the sale of disposable BBQs in environmentally vulnerable areas.

The petition currently has more than 15,250 signatures.

A statement on London Fire Brigade’s website reads: “Disposable barbecues pose a significant fire risk if they are not put out properly, causing grass fires in open spaces and scorching the grassed areas.

“The dry spell has left grassland like a tinderbox and increases the chances of a fire caused by a disposable barbecue.”

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: “We were called to another grass fire on Hackbridge Road in Hackbridge.

“Around four hectares of grass and shrubland was destroyed by the fire.

“The Brigade was called at 1911 and the blaze was under control by 2132.

“Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Wallington, Norbury, Woodside and Wandsworth fire stations were at the scene.”