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Cleveland Fire Service says arson attacks cost Teesside's economy nearly 17 million pounds last year. They were called to more than three thousand deliberate fires. It's starting a new campaign, spreading an important message to schoolchildren as they break up for summer.
Cleveland Fire Service says that arson attacks cost Teesside's economy nearly 17 million pounds a year. Around three quarters of all fires dealt with by the brigade are started deliberately.
The price of putting out the blaze, as well as destroyed property and possessions, costs the borough more than 300 thousand pounds a week. Today the service launched an awareness campaign to coincide with the school holidays, a time when incidents of arson tend to increase.
Figures released by Cleveland Fire Brigade show that arson was responsible for three-quarters of fire-related incidents and cost the local economy £16.7m - an average of £321,524 per week last year.
In total, there were 3,029 arson incidents across Cleveland.
The fire brigade are starting a campaign to coincide with the start of the summer school holidays when the number of arson incidents normally increase.
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Cleveland Fire Service says that arson attacks cost Teesside's economy nearly 17 million pounds a year.