DELIBERATE fires might make dramatic scenes for arsonists, however they can devastate homes and lives.

But in a bid to prevent young people from committing the offence, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) and Theatr Clwyd have joined forces to stage educational workshops at primary schools across North Wales

The Junior Justice programme, sponsored by energy supplier Scottish Power, includes a short play and discussion about the problems caused by deliberate fires for offenders, their victims and the fire service.

Tim Owen, NWFRS arson reduction manager, said: “Junior Justice is a dynamic educational workshop aiming to prevent young people from committing arson and educate them on the consequences of deliberate fires, anti-social behaviour and peer pressure."

Emyr John, Theatr Clwyd director, said: “By combining the best of theatre with the arson reduction team we are determined to secure Wales’ rich environment for future generations.”

Ann McKeckin, Scottish Power Foundation executive officer, added: “Junior Justice has discovered a unique way of engaging young people.”