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Arsonist jailed for setting fire to house with wife and children inside

Thomas Galloway Credit: Cumbria Police

An arsonist has been jailed for setting fire to a bed inside a house while his wife and three children slept.

Thomas Galloway, 22, of Thomas Street, Carlisle was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today to five years for arson with intent to endanger life.

At 5am on 17 April police were called to a house fire at a property on Thomas Street in Carlisle.

Following police investigation it was established that Galloway started the fire deliberately. While nobody was injured, extensive damage was caused to the property.

“Galloway knowingly put the lives of his wife and children in danger due to his actions. Thankfully no one was hurt, however this incident could have easily ended in tragedy. Justice has been served today, and I hope it gives the victims the opportunity to move on with their lives.”

– DC Fiona Murray, Cumbria Police

21-year-old arrested following house fire in Carlisle

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Police have arrested a man in connection with a house fire in Carlisle.

Fire and Rescue Services were called to a property on Thomas Street at around 5am this morning.

One of the occupants at the address suffered minor injuries.

Following a joint investigation with the fire service, a 21-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He is currently helping police with their enquiries.

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Full report: Police hunt for arsonist

Homes had to be evacuated and three teams of firefighters were callled to battle a blaze that appears to be the latest in a series of grass fires deliberately set alight in Dumfries and Galloway.

Some of the residents who were led from their homes were in their seventies, as large flames came within just a few feet of properties.

Police say the fire near Sanquhar is one of eight suspicious grass fires in the past six days.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

'Fire came within feet of garden' says Kelloholm resident

The fire came within feet of the garden Credit: Meg Alison

Ten homes had to be evacuated in Kelloholm, in Dumfries and Galloway, after a grass fire came within a few feet of residents' gardens.

Many of those evacuated were people over the age of 70.

One resident described it as "an inferno" and said "it was a very frightening experience".

The burnt out grass near Kelloholm Credit: ITV News Border

New fire, hunt continues

Police in the Sanquhar area are stepping up their hunt for a suspected arsonist after a sixth grass fire in the space of four days.

The latest was in Queen's Road, Sanquhar on Saturday 30th March. None have yet caused serious damage but officers still suspect that it is the same person setting them.

A Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue spokesman said:

“The fires were all put out by the firefighters using beaters and hoses. The causes of the fires have been put down as suspected to be deliberate by an unknown person or persons.”

– Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue spokesman

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Sanquhar fires were deliberately set

Firefighters from Sanquhar in Upper Nithsdale have been called out to the fires around the town.

They have managed to put them all out without serious damage but suspect it is the same person starting all of them.

Three fires were set off in and around Sanquhar within the space of four hours on Wednesday and then a fourth was discovered alongside the A76 Dumfries - Kilmarnock Road at Guildhall Bridge, Kirkconnel.

The latest was on Friday night at Mary’s Street at Sanquhar where firefighters managed to put out the flames using beaters.A Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue spokesman said:

“The fires were all put out by the firefighters using beaters and hoses.“The causes of the fires have been put down as suspected to be deliberate by an unknown person or persons.”

– Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue spokesman

Arson mum jailed: Full report

A woman has been jailed for six years at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting setting fire to her house - while her two year old daughter was asleep inside.

Thirty five year old Deborah Ann Donald was also charged with perverting the course of justice after she blamed the arson - at her home in Wastwater Avenue in Workington - on two other women. Andy Burn reports.

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