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VIDEO: Arsonist ram raids council offices- CCTV footage of Andrew Main starting blaze

Thames Valley Police have released video footage of Andrew Main driving his car through the doors of council offices in Crowmarsh Gifford.

The subsequent fire caused around £20 million of damage.

Main, 47, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act after admitting four offences of arson.

Council building arsonist sectioned under mental health act

The blaze caused around £20 million worth of damage Credit: ITV Meridian

A farmer has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after admitting starting a number of fires in South Oxfordshire in January.

47-year-old Andrew Main of Rokemarsh near Wallingford had admitted that he started the fires, including one which caused severe damage to South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse District Council offices on January 15.

Andrew Main (right) at a previous hearing Credit: ITV Meridian

A funeral parlour next door was also damaged by fire, as was a thatched cottage next to Main's home in the nearby village of Roke Marsh. The 47 had denied THAT offence, which will now lay on file indefinitely.

After setting the fires he attempted to hang himself and failed, before telling police "I think you're looking for me."

No explanation was given for the offences, but the court heard it was miraculous that no one was killed.

The court heard Main had lived in Roke Marsh all his life and began suffering from psychotic episodes in 2006, when he was hospitalised.

He was devoted to his mother and struggled to cope after she died.

Sectioning him under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act with a Section 41 restriction, Judge Ian Pringle QC said: "Were it not for the fact I have heard your medical evidence, you would most certainly be receiving a life sentence.


Oxford to have first female Vice Chancellor in 800 years

Students and staff at Oxford University have hailed the nomination of its first female Vice-Chancellor as a momentous event in Oxford's history.

Professor Louise Richardson will become the first woman to hold the university's most senior office since records began 800 years ago.

The 56-year-old is currently the principal and vice-chancellor of St Andrews University in Scotland. Professor Richardson says she hopes her nomination would inspire current and potential female undergraduates.

Professor Richardson said of her nomination: ‘Oxford is one of the world’s great universities. I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education.

I am very much looking forward to working with talented, experienced, and dedicated colleagues to advance Oxford’s pre-eminent global position in research, scholarship, and teaching.’

Subject to the approval of Congregation, the University’s parliament, Professor Richardson will succeed the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, at the beginning of next year.

Louise Richardson is married with three children.

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