An arsonist who damaged a historic chapel in Dorset has been jailed for three and a half years.
John Sennett broke into the building in Blandford Cemetery and started a number of fires. He almost trapped himself in the blaze inside the locked chapel and had to smash his way out.
Martin Dowse reports
Arsonists - who started several fires and torched the inside of a cemetery chapel - almost got trapped in their own flames.
They'd broken into the nineteenth century building in Blandford, in Dorset - damaging the historically important wooden pews - before realising they'd cut off their own escape route.
Police in Blandford are investigating after fires were started inside a church in the town.
It happened during the night of Saturday 14th September at the chapel in Blandford Cemetery on Salisbury Road.
Those responsible forced entry to the church and started three separate fires inside before making their escape.
The Dorset Steam Fair gets underway in Tarrant Hinton near Blandford Forum today (Weds).
The five day event attracts steam enthusiasts from across the globe.
Police are appealing for information after a fishing boat was stolen from outside a house in the Iwerne Minster area of Blandford in Dorset.
The vessel was taken while mounted on a galvanised iron trailer parked on the roadside on Higher Street.
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an assault outside a supermarket in Blandford.
The incident happened at around 1.50pm on Wednesday 25 July 2012 in the car park of Morrison’s on West Street.
The victim, a 26-year-old woman from Birmingham, was unlocking her car when she was approached from behind and punched in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
She suffered bruising and swelling as a result of the attack.