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MP praise for arson intervention

Friday, October 31, 2008

The following news item written by Claire Lewis was published in the Sheffield Star on the 30 October 2008.

 

A SHEFFIELD MP has praised fire bosses for the work undertaken to reduce arson attacks following the deaths of three members of the same family in a house fire. Meg Munn, who represents Heeley constituency, spoke out after meeting Arson Intervention Officer Dave Bedford, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

He told her the service had trained up police, Community Support Officers and Sheffield Homes wardens to identify potential arson hotspots and items at risk of being deliberately set alight. In some parts of the city firefighters are using pushbikes to ride around their communities looking for ways to reduce the risk of arson attacks. Mr Bedford also showed the MP how wheelie bins can block escape routes if they are placed too close to doors.

The arson reduction measures were introduced after the tragic deaths of three people in December 2005 during a fire in Batemoor. Anthony Brightmore, 68, his wife Patricia, 65, and their blind son Stephen, 35 died after a blazing bin was pushed up against the door of their home on Batemoor Walk.

Ms Munn said:

 

"I wanted to find out what further work had been done to prevent future tragedies occurring. There’s no doubt in my mind the preventative measures undertaken by Dave and the Arson Reduction Team will save lives."

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Safety first: Meg Munn MP meets Dave Bedford of the fire service

Safety first: Meg Munn MP meets Dave Bedford of the fire service


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