Arson--what's the cost? A national arson conference was held last month in Bristol Avon, bringing together leaders from emergency services, housing, education and health to look at the work of the Arson Task Force and ways of driving down crime and social disorder whilst radically reducing incidences of arson.(Seminar Report)

OVER 150 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE national arson conference at Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters, Portishead, to tackle the problem of arson in our communities. Fire and police chiefs welcomed visitors to the conference, which saw a number of speakers share their experience of arson and highlight the extent of the growing problem.

Avon and Somerset's Arson Task Force shared their successes with the conference, explaining how schemes such as Car Clear has brought government recognition and helped to reduce vehicle arson. In its first three years Car Clear saw a 40 per cent reduction in vehicle arson.

Headteacher Heather Dowding of Kingshill Primary School Nailsea and Caroline James and Shirin Pomeroy, of Frenchay Hospital After Burns Club, Bristol were among the speakers sharing their knowledge of arson and the effect it has had on their lives. …

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