GLASGOW has recorded the highest number of incidents of deliberate fire-setting in Scotland for the fifth summer in a row.

Figures released by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) show that firefighters attended 561 deliberate fires in areas across Glasgow between June and August last year. 

This was an increase from 443 during the same period in 2020.

The majority of the fires were outdoor incidents affecting grassland and refuse, but also included building and vehicle fires. 

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Area commander David Murdoch, SFRS Local Senior Officer for Glasgow City, has called the figures "unacceptable".

Speaking to mark the launch of the #SaferSummer campaign, he said: "Deliberate fire-setting is as needless as it is unacceptable.

"We are proud of our educational and prevention work, but it is true that parents, carers, and members of the public can all help us here by engaging with young people and laying bare the costs and consequences of starting a fire.

"When a young person deliberately starts a fire, they are risking their safety, their future, and the welfare of others.

"Firefighters are also being dragged away from genuine emergencies.

"Our prevention work will continue across the country, but it goes without saying that we take deliberate fire-setting very seriously and will always work with our partners in Police Scotland to identify those responsible."

The #SaferSummer campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of deliberate fire-setting and promote the need for holidaymakers and countryside users to remain safe this summer.

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