Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Crackdown on arsonists in Lewes District

Lewes firefighters will be leafleting households in the Landport area of Lewes tomorrow (29th February) after a crew was called out to Landport Recreational Ground just after 9am this morning (28th February) to tackle a deliberate fire in a shelter there.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is working alongside Sussex Crimestoppers to help stamp out arson. A story-board information leaflet has been developed by Crimestoppers to be used in the Lewes area in the fight against arson crime, which increased in East Sussex in the last year and is a dangerous crime putting lives at risk.

Garry Collins, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Borough Commander for Lewes, said:

“It is important for us to work closely with our partners and community to reduce the volume and impact of deliberate fires. The Crimestoppers story-boards are an excellent way to pass prompt messages out to our community. The initiative will inform local residents of incidents in the Lewes District to help reduce arson crime.”

A ‘quick strike’ will be carried out tomorrow (29th February) by a crew from Lewes to raise awareness of both Crimestoppers and also the impact and dangers of fires to our community. 

The information leaflets will be distributed within Landport to alert people as to the ways they can report any information they may have about arson.

Kathy Burke, Chair of Sussex Crimestoppers, said:

Sussex Crimestoppers is delighted to be working with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to help put a stop to arson crime in the Lewes District.

“I’d like to reassure the public that our service is completely anonymous and in the 23 years that the charity’s been running no one has ever been identified.  The service is run for you, the public, to help make your community a safer place to live. We’re not part of the Police or government, we’re an independent charity, so by contacting us you’ll never have to give a statement to the Police or go to court.”

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