'Fit sprinklers in new schools'

Automatic sprinklers must be installed in new and rebuilt schools if the soaring cost of school arson is to be cut and the growing number of daytime fires reduced.

This was the warning issued by Zurich Municipal at the Local Government Association education conference to an audience of local authority officials, councillors and education professionals. Last year's record cost of school fires - £96.6m - has shown no signs of abating; and, more worryingly, a new trend is developing in some area

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