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Last Updated: Monday May 08 2006 11:46 GMT

What is arson?

Fireman try to put a fire out
Arson is when people deliberately set fire to property or buildings.

Young people are thought to start fires for many reasons including boredom and peer-pressure.

Others might start fires because they want attention or because they are being bullied and it's a cry for help.

As well as setting fire to buildings examples of arson include setting light to dustbins, grass, trees, piles of rubbish and cars.

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