Barking and Dagenham plagued by almost one arson a day, figures show

17:21 17 September 2012

Partnership: Chris Daly said initiatives run with the council and the police had helped to bring down the number of arsons in Barking and Dagenham

Partnership: Chris Daly said initiatives run with the council and the police had helped to bring down the number of arsons in Barking and Dagenham

Archant

Barking and Dagenham was plagued by an arson attack almost every day over the last financial year, figures reveal.

The London Fire Brigade said there had been 289 deliberate fires in the east London borough, nearly six each week, in 2011/12.

But the statistics show they had dropped six-fold in the last decade after the value of scrap metal rocketed, leading to fewer car fires in Barking and Dagenham streets.

Chris Daly, fire brigade Cdr for Barking and Dagenham, said: “The dramatic decrease in deliberate fires means Londoners are a great deal safer from these needless acts of destruction than they were 10 years ago.

“We have worked incredibly hard with partners, the police and the council to bring these figures down and make the capital safer.”

An LFB spokesman said the decline in arsons could be partly attributed to the rising value of scrap steel used to make cars, after figures showed it had soared five-fold from £35 a tonne in 2001 to £185 a tonne last year.

The spokesman added the brigade had schemes in place to reduce the number of fires in particular remove abandoned vehicles and worked with potential arsonists through its juvenile firesetters intervention team.

The LFB figures show there had been around four arsons each week in London boroughs on average in 2011/12.

In Barking and Dagenham, the number fell from 1,844, or 35 a week in 2001/02, to 289 in 2011/12.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Antisemitic crimes have more than doubled in London over the past year (Picture: Getty)

The number of antisemitic hate crimes - including assault, harassment and arson - has more than doubled in London in the space of a year.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sebastian Szerer, a senior employee at a hotel, raped a man who came for a job interview (Picture: Met Police)

The former head housekeeper has been found guilty of ‘luring’ a man, 25, to a fake interview before raping him in the locked suite of a luxury Westminster hotel.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Walkers have been urged to report any suspicious activity in the area (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

People are being warned to be vigilant on Hackney Marshes after three women were stalked and hurt in what police believe were sexually-motivated attacks.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A woman'’s body was discovered at a hostel in Perryn Road, Acton

A woman’s body was found at a hostel for vulnerable people in Acton and a man has been charged with her murder, police said.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Police want to identify this woman after she was caught on CCTV acting suspiciously in Westminster (Picture: Met Police)

A ‘suspicious’ woman twice tried to get into a ‘highly restricted area’ in Westminster and police think she then left two large knives behind, wrapped in her scarf.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man (Picture: Met Police)

A predator sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in broad daylight as she waited for a bus on Brixton Road, police said.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more