Malicious Fires

The DUP’s Simon Hamilton has picked up on an interesting and rather depressing point. He has discovered, in a written answer from Michael McGimpsey that 40% of the Fire Service budget is spent on tackling malicious fires. Apparently £150 million has been spent on tackling 70,000 non accidental fires in the past 5 years.

Interviewed on Radio Ulster this morning, Mr. Hamilton said that the comparative figures for the rest of the UK show a significantly lower level of malicious fires. Exactly what the comparative level is would be interesting as would the number of prosecutions here for malicious fires.