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Longford arsonist jailed

An arsonist has been jailed for torching a house in Longford.

Terry Ford went to the house on 16 January 2019 following an ongoing dispute with the woman living there.

The 52-year-old started smashing the windows at the front of the house before pouring petrol in through a broken window and setting it alight.

Three people were inside the property when Ford started the fire, all of whom managed to escape uninjured.

The fire took hold and caused extensive damage to the front door, porch and the living room inside the property, causing in excess of £30,000 worth of damage.

Officers from Warwickshire Police were quickly on the scene and arrested Ford, who refused to comment when he was interviewed about the incident.

However, in the face of overwhelming evidence Ford pleaded guilty to arson, breach of a restraining order and breach of a non molestation order when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court in August.

At Warwick Crown Court today (Monday, 4 November) he was jailed for five years and four months and given a 15 year restraining order.

Upon sentencing, Judge Cook described Ford as "manipulative and scheming" and that he behaved in a "disgraceful and dangerous way", with a high level of recklessness.

In their victim impact statements, the victims, a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s, described the anxiety they had suffered following the incident and the traumatic effect it had had on them.

Detective Constable Helen Moorman from Warwickshire Police CID said: “Thankfully no-one was hurt in this arson attack but there was the potential for it to have had appalling consequences.

“This was understandably a frightening ordeal for the victims inside the property so the court had little option but to jail Ford to protect the community from him.”

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