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Man jailed for starting fires at council housing block

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Man jailed for starting fires at council housing block Man jailed for starting fires at council housing block

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for a year and faces losing his council flat for deliberately starting two fires at the housing block where he lives.

Liam Hynes, of Scholey House on the York Road estate, Battersea, London, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by a judge at Kingston Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson after evidence gleaned from CCTV cameras operated by the council’s housing department identified him as the arsonist.

The council will now be taking legal action to repossess the property he lives in on the grounds that his criminal behaviour constitutes a serious breach of the tenancy conditions.

Speaking after the case, Wandsworth Council’s housing spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “These were mindless and unforgiveable acts by this foolish young man who put the lives of his neighbours in real danger.

“Fortunately the two fires were both small and quickly dealt with by the fire brigade but they could have had tragic consequences.

“I’m pleased to say that our CCTV footage played a decisive role in helping the police identify Mr Hynes and providing incontrovertible evidence of his guilt.

“Now that he has been convicted of these serious offences the council will be taking additional legal action to ensure his swift removal from Scholey House. As a consequence of his own actions, he will no longer enjoy the benefit of living in a council flat.

“We have an absolute zero tolerance of those who commit criminal acts or engage in anti-social behaviour on our housing estates. The vast majority of our tenants expect nothing less from us.”

The council is currently taking legal action to repossess his flat, arguing that his criminal behaviour constitutes a breach of the tenancy conditions.

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