Arson about in Beds.(News)

'Arson About'--a play by Mark Wheeler--is being performed by the StopWatch Theatre Company in schools across Bedfordshire and Luton throughout May, designed to stop adolescents turning into arsonists. It is a hard-hitting story line in which one of the characters is killed when a deliberate school fire gets out of hand.

Arson is the major cause of fires in Bedfordshire and Luton with as many as 80 per cent being started deliberately. These range from small rubbish and bin fires, to stolen or abandoned vehicles going up in flames and blazes in schools which cause considerable disruption to hundreds of pupils, parents and staff. The most recent school fire in the county was at St Joseph's in Luton on Saturday May 7, which is still under investigation by police. …

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