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Arsonist set fire to bin outside ex-partner’s home

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A man set fire to a wheelie bin outside his ex-partner’s home. A court heard.

Shane Clarke, 35, went to the property in Peterborough at about 1am on 14 November.

While there he started the fire in a wheelie bin outside the house.

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Cambridge Crown Court was told that he then called police and claimed he had been walking down the street when he had come across the blaze and was concerned, he would get the blame.

Fire crews attended and extinguished the small fire.

Inside the bin they found two aerosols and pair of gloves belonging to Clarke.

Residents were able to confirm the items were not previously in the bin.

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Clarke, of Vere Road, Peterborough, admitted arson.

On Wednesday he was jailed for three years and eight months.

He was also given an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting his ex-partner.

DC Oliver Campbell said: “It was lucky this fire wasn’t any worse. If it had spread to the nearby property, the consequences could have been severe.

“I am pleased he has now appeared in could and been jailed for his actions.

“I hope this, and the restraining order will provide some reassurance for the victim.”

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