A joint effort to stop arson

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POLICE and firefighters have joined forces to tackle arson across East Yorkshire and Humberside.

Senior officers from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday which brought the two organisations together in their commitment to stamp out arson.

All offences of arson will be jointly investigated with priority being given to all deliberately started fires involving fatalities, injury, property and buildings, and those which seem to form a spate of arson offences.

As part of these arrangements both organisations will share intelligence and evidence regarding arson offences.

Area Manager Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety of Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Arson is a serious crime and is something that will not be tolerated. These new working arrangements will provide a better opportunity to apprehend those involved in this disgraceful act against our communities.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Andrews, at Humberside Police, said: “Signing up to this commitment means that we will be working much closer with our colleagues at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service from an early stage.

“We have already made some successful arrests as a result of this closer working and both organisations are dedicated to tacking these offences and bringing these criminals to justice.”

It is believed these arrangements will improve both organisations abilities to protect vulnerable adults and children, and help with reviewing domestic homicides involving offences of arson.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place at Humberside Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters near Hessle on Monday this week.