Crackdown launched after figures show which area in Northamptonshire has the most arson attacks

Flat fire was arson.
Flat fire was arson.

A large-scale operation to help bring down levels of arson in the Corby area has been launched.

Operation Revive is being led by the Arson Task Force, a joint team run by Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Corby Community Safety Partnership.

It has been launched today (Monday) and coincides with Corby Community Safety Partnership’s Take Action week in Corby’s Kingswood ward.

Throughout Northamptonshire, incidents of arson have increased by 25 per cent in the year 2014-2015, compared to the previous year.

There have been 74 arsons in Corby within the last year (2014-2015), an increase of 32 per cent on the previous year.

Currently 40 per cent of arsons in Corby are occurring in the Kingswood ward where, in the last 18 months, there have been 39 arsons; the highest level in any area within Northamptonshire.

One of the most common types of arson in Northamptonshire is wheelie bins being set alight.

The figures reveal that one in six arsons within the county is caused by a wheelie bin being set on fire.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Northamptonshire Police will be out and about on the Kingswood area this week as part of the Take Action week of activities.

Fire crews will be in Kingswood tomorrow (October 27) and on Thursday (October 29) to offer home fire safety Cchecks to residents, and to supply smoke alarms if required.

They will be working with the police and neighbourhood wardens to ensure they are visiting people who are deemed to be most at risk.

Crews will also be patrolling the area in search of obvious fire risks such as accumulations of rubbish and, in particular, combustible materials.

Corby Fire Station manager Kevin Aitken said: “The number of fires in the Kingswood estate is one of the major drivers for Operation Revive in this area, because the number of arsons in Kingswood has increased.

“I would urge local residents to take simple steps such as making sure they put the right bins out on the right day, so that rubbish is collected in a timely manner and does not build up too much.

“This is just part of our ongoing involvement in Kingswood.

“This work will hopefully increase the safety of residents on the estate.”

Members of Corby’s Community Safety Partnership will be carrying out a series of activities in Kingswood throughout the week, including the Community Payback team completing jobs in the area such as painting and unclear signage today.

Tomorrow (October 26) and Thursday (October 29), Corby Council’s community safety team will be door knocking on the Kingswood estate to find out what matters to residents in the area and delivering free safety advice packs.

On Wednesday (October 28), Baileys Skip Hire will deliver a skip to the Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre car park, so if residents have any rubbish that can’t be placed in their wheelie bins, they can pop down to the centre to make use of the skip between 10am and 3pm.

There will be exclusions on some items; TVs, computer monitors, gas bottles, fridges/freezers, tyres, fluorescent lamps and asbestos won’t be accepted.

Shaun Johnson from the Arson Task Force said: “It is great to be able to work closely with the Kingswood community, as part of the Corby Community Safety Partnership, to raise awareness of some of the potential risk factors when it comes to arson.

“We would also like to urge more members of the public to come forward with any information they have with regard to the arsons that have taken place in Corby or any other area within Northamptonshire. Anyone who would like to give information anonymously can do this by ringing the Crimestoppers number.”

Anyone who has witnessed an incident of arson in Northamptonshire can contact the police on 101 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.