Campaign to cut down arson attacks

PUBLISHED: 12:17 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

FIREFIGHTERS are backing a campaign aimed at reducing the number of blazes started deliberately. Action Against Arson hopes to persuade retailers not to sell lighters and matches to under 16s. The same campaign launched last year in another part of the He

FIREFIGHTERS are backing a campaign aimed at reducing the number of blazes started deliberately.

Action Against Arson hopes to persuade retailers not to sell lighters and matches to under 16s.

The same campaign launched last year in another part of the Hertfordshire saw the number of arson attacks fall by nearly half.

Ian McKenzie, the commander at Baldock and Letchworth Fire Station, said: "The fire service recognises that, like most anti-social behaviour issues, arson is best tackled by enlisting the support of other agencies and the community.

"The campaign involves support from retailers, schools, the local council, the police and parents.


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