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Arson attacks up in recession.

The credit crunch is leading to an increase in arson attacks.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Martin Clark said West Midlands Fire Service was failing to hit its targets for freezing the level of arson attacks on businesses and reducing deliberate rubbish fires.

He told the authority's executive committee: "We are starting to see the impact the economic downturn is having on arson figures."

The average monthly number of deliberate rubbish fires in the four months up to July 31, was 403, above the projected figure of 390. There were an average of 27 arson attacks at commercial properties (the forecast was 26.5).

Overall the service performed competently, meeting or exceeding its targets in ten of the 15 categories.
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