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Police launch summer campaign to combat arsons in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:19 16 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:19 16 July 2014

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Police have launched a summer campaign to combat arsons in the north of the city.

The Strike Out initiative is being led by Norfolk Police with the support of the Fire Service and the Norfolk Safer Schools Partnerships, following a series of arsons in the north of the city during summer last year.

The group have visited schools in the area to educate young people on the dangers of starting fires and officers from the Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working with shops and retailers in the area to ban the sale of lighters, matches and accelerants to anyone under the age of 18.

Local Policing Commander, Inspector Nick Hewitt, said: “Although there is no legal age to buy lighters and matches, many of the shops and retailers in our community recognise their responsibility in helping to prevent this type of crime.

“We have been working with them over the last couple of months to put these voluntary bans in place and we are delighted with the response.

“Arson is an extremely serious crime which can not only cause significant damage but also potentially threaten lives.”

The Strike Out initiative will be launched at the Budgens store on Bowers Avenue in Mile Cross at 1pm on Monday, July 21.

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