Minister urges communities to work together to beat arson blight.(News)

Emergency services, councils and local people must work together on early intervention with young, potential fire-setters if we are to rid our streets of the blight of burnt-out buildings and vehicles, according to Fire Minister Jim Fitzpatrick.

Speaking at the second national conference of the ODPM sponsored Arson Control Forum, Jim Fitzpatrick, the recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for fire and rescue said the fight against deliberate fire-setting was part of the government's drive to create better and safer communities in which to live and work: "The sight of burnt-out properties and burnt-out vehicles on the street adds to people's feelings of fear and insecurity. …

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