Brigade sends clear message to arsonists

CLEVELAND Fire Brigade has sent a clear message to arsonists ‘we are watching you and you will be caught’ – Enough is Enough.

Over the last three years through joint investigations between the Brigade and Cleveland Police, arsonists have received prison sentences ranging from 12 months to five years.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We have a zero tolerance approach towards arsonists and we will continue to work jointly with Cleveland Police to investigate, catch and prosecute them.

“A small minority of people don’t seem to realise or take on board that arson is a serious criminal offence and it’s the deliberate setting of any fire, whether the fire is set with rubbish, on grassland or in a property. Arson can take lives, ruin lives, devastate communities and can destroy businesses and the countryside around us. This is why we are saying we need to stop arson because enough is enough.

“We will not let up in our battle against arson. We investigate every fire we attend and help the Police to gather the evidence that has led to these convictions. With our joint investigations and with the help of our communities we can put a stop to arson and convict arsonists.”

If anyone has information on arson or has suspicions that people they know might be involved in arson call Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555 111 or the Police on 101.

Remember all incidents of arson are fully investigated and arsonists will be caught and prosecuted – it will ruin their lives too.

You can view information on arson prevention at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/arson along with other campaign material. Remember you can follow the Brigade on Twitter (@clevelandfb) or Facebook (/clevelandfb) for fire safety advice, news and much more.