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Jail for Kent hospital arsonist

A burglar who pleaded guilty to deliberately starting fires at two hospitals and a hotel has been sentenced to 8 years.

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Judge jails ''dangerous'' arsonist

Thomas Ashcroft has been jailed for eight years after admitting a series of arson attacks and burglaries at public buildings in Kent and Sussex. He used the fires to distract staff and police while he raided cash tills in an effort to fund his drug habit.

Targets included hospitals in Medway, Canterbury and Crawley. The judge at Canterbury Crown Court described Ashcroft as ''dangerous'' and ''wicked'', saying that he stole no more than £1,000 while his wrecking spree cost taxpayers £100,000.

Correspondent Derek Johnson speaks to Det Insp Lee Whitehaed from Kent Police and Pete Johnson from the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

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