Monday, 23 October 2017

Man appears in court over arson attacks

A MAN admitting to a series of fires, including one which ripped through South Oxfordshire District Council's offices is in Court today (Friday)

A MAN admitted starting a series of fires, including one which ripped through South Oxfordshire District Council's offices, when he appearing at Oxford Crown Court today (Friday).

Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh, near Benson, admitted four counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charges relate to fires set by Main in the early hours of January 15 at the council's headquarters in Crowmarsh Gifford, Howard Chadwick Funeral Service in Benson Lane , Crowmarsh Gifford, a house called Quakers Corner in Rokemarsh owned by Jean Gladstone, 80, and Rokemarsh Farm House, owned by Raymond Main.

Twenty-seven fire crews were called out to tackle the blazes. No one was hurt.

Main also denied one count of arson with intent to endanger life at Ms Gladstone's property.

The court heard he has mental health issues a decision on whether to proceed with a trial on the fifth count will be made when he returns to court on May 29. Main was remanded in custody.

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