Arson attacks continue to fall

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ARSON attacks committed across South Yorkshire over the Bonfire Night period fell for the second year running - with fire crews called to 46 incidents.

The period is traditionally one of the busiest in the year for South Yorkshire firefighters but there were 13 fewer incidents this year than last, and 31 fewer than in 2009.

Sheffield crews had the most call-outs - 23 fires were started deliberately across the city over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There were three incidents in Rotherham, seven in Barnsley and 13 in Doncaster.

Station manager Diane Malpass, involved in community safety, said: “Our teams worked extremely hard in the run-up to spread the fire safety message, so we are very pleased the number of call-outs remained low.

“Our prevention work this year involved a number of partner organisations, as well as firework retailers and supermarkets, and these figures show our collective efforts have made a real difference.”

Retailers agreed not to sell matches and lighters to under 18s and 40,000 safety advice leaflets were produced for firework customers.