Stoke & Staffordshire

Fewer fires in north Staffordshire's derelict buildings

The number of fires in empty buildings is at a five-year low in north Staffordshire, according to the county's fire service.

In the past year, 37 were reported in the area compared to over 100 in 2008.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said the drop was down to a better partnership with the police, councils, landlords and homeless groups.

Across the border in Cheshire East unitary authority, the numbers were also down.

Mick Warrilow, watch manager at Hanley fire station, still called for more empty buildings to be demolished to stop them being targeted by arsonists.

"There are still well over 3,000 empty properties in the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

"It is a very big problem and ties up lots of resources."

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