Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Attacks on Cars Fall after Clean-Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Attacks on Cars Fall after Clean-Up

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Arson attacks on cars in Hartlepool have plummeted after a major clampdown on abandoned and nuisance vehicles across the town.

Fire chiefs today welcomed the reduction and praised Hartlepool Council for its effective clean-up campaign.

The council's neighbourhood action team carries out regular operations to identify abandoned and nuisance vehicles and remove them from the streets.

Craig Thelwell, neighbourhood action manager, said: "These vehicles are often used by people to commit crime, and those that are abandoned become easy targets for arsonists.

"By removing them from the streets we are reducing the likelihood of them being set on fire.

"As well as reducing the amount of time spent by the fire brigade dealing with such incidents, this initiative is also helping to make local communities safer and better places to live."

So far this year, 150 vehicles have been removed from town streets, compared to 457 in 2003/04 and 450 in 2004/05. …

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