A woman who caused five and half million pounds of damage when she set fire to a building site in Hampshire has been jailed for more than six years.
44 year old Jo Palmer from Basingstoke was working as a security guard on the site in Gershwin Road in 2010 when she deliberately set fire to the property she was meant to be protecting. The site, which was empty at the time of the fire, consisted of three blocks of flats that were under construction. She blamed local youths who were then wrongfully arrested.
This is how Meridian reported the fire at the time: