Northumberland fire starter narrowly avoids prison sentence

A Northumberland man narrowly escape jail after setting fire to his own buildings to avoid the cost of demolishing them.

Firefighters battling a fire
It took Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service four hours to extinguish the fire

A Northumberland man narrowly escape jail after setting fire to his own buildings to avoid the cost of demolishing them.

Nigel Weston Smith, described by a judge as “arrogant”, was sentenced to ten months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay over £24,000 in fines and costs at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.

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