Chief's disgust at arsonists.A FIRE chief has expressed disgust at arsonists who started over 200 fires in the Midlands in the past year.
Homes and businesses were targeted in Staffordshire between April 2011 and March 2012 costing millions of pounds.
Dean Stevens, director of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Arson arson, at common law, the malicious and willful burning of the house of another. Originally, it was an offense against the security of habitation rather than against property rights. is a criminal act and we take a zero tolerance The policy of applying laws or penalties to even minor infringements of a code in order to reinforce its overall importance and enhance deterrence.
Since the 1980s the phrase zero tolerance has signified a philosophy toward illegal conduct that favors strict imposition of approach to it.
"Arson is not just an issue for us, it is costing the people of Staffordshire millions of pounds.
"This is a very serious crime that not only has significant cost to our economy, but can also have a devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. consequence on human life."
Mr Stevens warned arsonists every effort would be made to track them down and bring them to justice.