Burglar to be sentenced for hospital arson attacks

A burglar who pleaded guilty to deliberately starting fires at two hospitals and a hotel will be sentenced later today at Canterbury Crown Court.

Detectives said Thomas Ashcroft, 34, of no fixed address, set fires to cause a distraction so he could go on to commit burglaries.

In October he admitted arson with intent to endanger life and burglary at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield on August 30 and July 15 respectively.

Ashcroft also pleaded guilty to one count of arson with intent to endanger life and one count of attempted burglary at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent on August 29.

Police said he asked for eight further matters to be taken into consideration including arson and burglaries at other hospitals.

His selfish actions led to several hospitals being evacuated, putting vulnerable patients at further risk. Thankfully, no one was injured in these incidents."

– Det Insp Lee Whitehead

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