Firefighters on bike patrol.(News)

Firefighters, officers and dignitaries gathered on a damp and foggy day on Woodbury Common near Exmouth recently to launch a high profile campaign to deter arsonists.

Following a steady increase in arson fires on Woodbury Common, the new initiative is designed to increase public awareness of the problem and to hopefully deter the perpetrator.

Mike White, Group Commander for Exmouth, explained: "Figures just released for August show that the increase in deliberately set fires is now nearly 400 per cent, based on the trend of the last five years. Because of this we have launched this campaign."

Two firefighters on mountain bikes will patrol the area daily. …

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