THE county saw the second biggest spike in arson attacks in the whole of the UK last year after Northamptonshire recorded its first rise in deliberate fires for eight years.
Figures show Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has managed to reduce the most serious arson incidents year on year since 2004, but in 2011/12 the numbers shot up by 17 per cent, which is the second highest in the UK behind Cornwall.
In 2010/11 there were 295 major deliberate fires, but in 2011/12 this number rose to 345, and with the service seeing falls in false alarms and building fires last year, its chief fire officer has pledged to keep arson attacks down.
Martyn Emberson said: “It’s an ongoing issue for us and we’re not going to stop. We have seen vehicles become targets for arsonists, but deliberate fires have come down continually over the last eight years.
“It can have a devastating impact on the person and we have seen cars targeted for their value. But last year could just be a blip.”