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Your help is needed to tackle arson

Date : 20 June 2019


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Arsonists are targeting East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and we need your help to tackle the problem.

Arson and deliberate fires are a serious problem for the Fire Service, the Police and the Ambulance Service. They endanger lives and divert valuable resources.

Arson is a criminal offence that can lead to loss of life and injury.  It can damage property and have a negative effect on the environment.  Arson often starts with a fascination for fire and progresses to lighting small fires but this can quickly escalate onto skips, cars, derelict properties and most disturbingly people's homes.

Last year, we attended 796 fires which were deliberately started.  We are working in partnership with Sussex Police, Crimestoppers, local authorities and neighbourhood watch schemes to reduce this figure.

We are working hard to ensure that the county is a safe place to live, work and visit. 

Detrimental effect on the environment & the wider community

Inspector Rachel Barrow (Eastbourne, Lewes & Wealden Prevention Team-Sussex Police) said:

“Arson is a serious offence which causes damage and destruction, and can often have a hugely detrimental effect on the environment and the wider community.

Working with partner agencies, we aim to provide education to prevent individuals – and groups – from engaging in criminal activity. We work particularly hard with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to identify those who would benefit from early intervention to stop this sort of behaviour at the earliest opportunity.

What may seem like a harmless or insignificant activity can escalate into something far more serious, and people need to be aware of the consequences of their actions.

Arson will not be tolerated in our county, and we will deal robustly with anyone caught offending.

If you suspect anyone is involved in arson, you can call us on 101, or dial 999 in an emergency.” 

Combating Arson

For practical advice on how you can play your part in combating arson, please visit: www.esfrs.org/arson

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