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Man jailed for 32 months for starting two house fires in the Stowmarket area

Christopher Webster, 35, of Wilson Road, Ipswich, has been jailed for 32 months for starting fires at two properties in the Stowmarket area. ANL-140725-095012001

Christopher Webster, 35, of Wilson Road, Ipswich, has been jailed for 32 months for starting fires at two properties in the Stowmarket area. ANL-140725-095012001

A man has been jailed for nearly three years after starting fires in two properties in the Stowmarket area.

Christopher Webster, 35, from Wilson Road, Ipswich, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on June 9 entering a guilty plea to two counts of arson following incidents in the Stowmarket area.

Around 2pm on July 13 last year, Webster started a fire within the kitchen and bedroom of a self contained flat in Union Road, Onehouse.

Although there was no one in the flat at the time, there were people living in the surrounding flats of which there were about 30.

Local residents became aware of smoke coming from the flat and called the Fire Service.

A number of residents had to be evacuated from their flats whilst the matter was dealt with.

Having been staying at the flat Webster was arrested the same day and later bailed after denying any involvement with the fire.

The second incident happened at an address in Semer Close, Stowmarket, around 11.40pm on March 29 this year.

Webster was staying at the address with his partner and set light to a curtain in the lounge before going to bed and his partner was alerted to the fire when the smoke alarm went off.

Last Thursday, July 24, Christopher Webster was jailed for 32 months.

Speaking after the case, Inspector Chris Hinitt said: “We welcome today’s sentencing. “These were two very serious arson incidents where fortunately no one was injured but the outcome could have been a lot worse.

“Webster denied having any involvement in both arsons and with the first incident in Onehouse he stated he had been nowhere near the location when the fire happened. As part of our investigation we were able to establish from phone and computer records that Webster had indeed been at the address at the stated times. The evidence we put before the court lead to Webster’s guilty pleas to two counts of arson and today’s sentencing.”

 
 
 

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