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Man jailed after blowing up his own home

A man who caused a massive explosion which destroyed his home in Leeds has been jailed for six years.

Richard Dickenson

The blast tore the roof off the bungalow at Tingley in May last year. Leeds Crown Court had heard that garage manager Richard Dickenson, 46, who admitted arson reckless whether life was endangered, started the blaze with petrol in an act of revenge against his estranged wife.

Detective Inspector Sean Duggan, of Leeds District CID, said: "Dickenson's actions in deliberately starting a fire at his home caused an explosion which could have had far more serious consequences for people in proximity of his address. As it was, he was the only person who was injured.

"The incident required a significant response from the emergency services and Dickenson had to be rescued from the property by firefighters. It also caused understandable concern among local residents. Arson is rightly treated as a very serious crime and the sentence he has received should remind people of the consequences of potentially lethal behaviour like this."

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