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Street surgery planned following Newhaven arson incident

Date : 11 June 2020


At 00:59 this morning, firefighters from Newhaven were called to attend a car fire on First Avenue, Newhaven.  On arrival, firefighters found four cars that were damaged and fuel in the road.  Firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the fire. Sussex Police and fire crews concluded that the cause of the fire was deliberate.

Following on from this incident, East Sussex Fire and Rescue together with Sussex Police and Lewes District Council have planned a street surgery on First Avenue, Newhaven on Friday 12th June (3pm to 5pm).

Crews will be on hand to address any concerns or queries and will also carry out smoke alarm fitting and will answer any fire safety questions.   

If you are a Newhaven resident and have any concerns or questions for our crews, please come along. 

Arson endangers lives and diverts valuable resources

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

In 2019, we attended 742 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. 

Further information

If you have any information regarding the Newhaven incident, please contact Sussex Police on 101 or online.  You can also make an anonymous report using Crimestoppers

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


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