New figures reveal shocking number of arson attacks in
Teachers need more powers to deal with violence and disruption says Trevor Ivory
North Norfolk's Conservative Spokesman, Trevor Ivory, has expressed alarm at new figures
which reveal that the police have been called into schools across the country over 1,000
times in the last two years because of arson attacks - the equivalent of almost two
incidents a day. The total cost of these attacks has been put at over £100m.
According to information uncovered through Freedom of Information Act requests by the
Conservatives, there have been 50 reported cases of arson or suspicious fires on school
property in Norfolk.
Speak to a meeting of local people in Mundesley today, Mr Ivory said, "Most
worryingly, 93% of school arson attacks have been found to have been carried out by young
people under the age of 18, mostly pupils, ex-pupils or those with siblings at the school.
One third of attacks are carried out during school hours, which makes the situation even
Mr Ivory told the meeting that the figures underlined the need to implement Conservative
proposals to give headteachers the power to ban, search for and confiscate any item they
think likely to cause violence or disruption in schools, including lighters and matches.
He also criticised Labour Ministers who have resisted these reforms.
"Action is needed in response to these shocking figures and teachers must be given
greater powers to deal with violence and to remove disruptive pupils from classrooms. Head
teachers must be able to search for and ban any items that could lead to deliberate damage
to school property, violent behaviour or disruption. Only Conservatives have committed to
taking the action that is needed so urgently."
Trevor Ivory, Parliamentary Spokesman for North Norfolk