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Arson Awareness Week begins on Merseyside

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with Merseyside Police and local authorities across the county to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.

Teams will visit homes and businesses in Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens town centre and Egremont in Wirral throughout the week to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks, distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: "Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people's lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.

"It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

"If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere.

"We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action."