Deliberate fires increase over half term

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DERBYSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service are urging parents to ‘sniff their kids’ after figures have shown that deliberate fire starting increases during school holidays.

Community officers have been visiting schools to speak to pupils about the dangers of fire starting in an attempt to cut down on call outs to parks and open spaces.

Last April there were 167 deliberately started fires and in August the total peaked at 212.

A spokesman said: “This year we are urging parents and members of the community to be more vigilant about where their children are and what they may be up to.

“When your child returns home, can you smell smoke, or any form of accelerant on their clothing?

“Do you believe that they have been involved in deliberate fire setting?

“If so we need your assistance and would urge you to call your local police station.”