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Arson attacks down 92 per cent in Havering

09:20 25 February 2014

Deliberate fires are down 92 per cent in Havering over the last decade.

Deliberate fires are down 92 per cent in Havering over the last decade.

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Fires caused by arson are down by 92 per cent in Havering over the last decade, according to figures released today by London Fire Brigade.

Last year crews attended 128 of the fires, compared with 1,521 in 2003/04 - when it had the fifth highest number of all London boroughs.

The brigade has set up a number of schemes which have helped the reduction, and in 2011/12 the figure was down to 220.

It has been put down to firefighters working with the council to remove abandoned vehicles and fly tipping from streets.

London fire commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: “The brigade has worked extremely hard alongside its partners in the police and local councils to make it more difficult than ever for mindless vandals to endanger the lives of Londoners by setting fire to rubbish and vehicles.

“I would urge anyone who sees an abandoned vehicle or dumped rubbish to report it to their council, so it cannot become a target for would be arsonists.”

The increasing scrap value of motor vehicles also makes it less likely they will be abandoned and subject to arson.

LetsRecycle.com figures show the price for light iron has increased by £120 per tonne in the last 10 years. The metals recycling sector is worth around £5.6 billion to the UK economy.

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