A plea to the public has been issued by the Guardia Civil asking them to come forward with information about who started the forest fires that destroyed parts of Tenerife at the end of last month.

Initially the authorities said they ‘knew’ who the culprits were and it was just a matter of time before they ‘made a mistake and were caught’, it now seems that more information is needed.

A confidential telephone hot-line has been set up to take calls from anyone who might have information on the fire-setters.

The blazes lasted several days and forced the evacuation of thousands of people from rural areas of the island.