Surrey

Fires at Surrey schools 'started deliberately'

Nearly one quarter of fires in Surrey's schools were started deliberately, the BBC has learned.

Figures disclosed under a Freedom of Information Act request showed that since 2008 there have been 62 fires at schools with 14 started deliberately.

Malcolm Tarling from the Association of British Insurers, said: "Sometimes arson attacks are a cover to disguise crimes such as theft."

Since 2009 over 60% of accidental fires have erupted in primary schools.

Mr Tarling said: "Schools these days can house a variety of very expensive electrical and computer equipment which was very attractive to thieves."

The figures from Surrey County Council showed that in 2012, up to the end of June, there had been 11 fires in the county's schools, one of which was started deliberately.

Figures for primary schools include fires in nursery schools and pre-schools, the council said.

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