Police and fire service initiative

HUMBERSIDE Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to reduce the number of arson incidents.

Senior officers from both emergency services this week signed a memorandum of understanding which will see the two organisations working closely together, sharing intelligence and evidence to ensure incidents are investigated and offenders brought to justice.

The arrangements will improve both organisations’ abilities to protect children and vulnerable adults and review domestic homicides involving arson.

Jointly investigations will see priority given to incidents involving fatalities, injuries or property or those which appear to form part of a series of arson offences.

Area Manager Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety of Humberside Fire and 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.”

Humberside Police Detective Chief Superintendent Colin Andrews 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.”