"Every year we see a rise in the number of deliberate fires that are started during a two-week period which includes half-term, Halloween and Bonfire Night.
"We want to make sure that our fire appliances are available for real emergencies and not wasting valuable time on nuisance calls, which is why we take clamping down on anti-social behaviour so seriously."
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The 12.5 hour walkout by 63 GMB members got under way at 6am this morning and will continue until 6.30pm this evening.
37-year-old Graeme Haddon pleaded guilty to the offence which happened in his home village of Lamancha near West Linton at the weekend.