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'Bored workers' given suspended jail sentences for causing fire after cremating dead mouse

The fire broke out in a shop on Angel Hill in September 2017. Credit: Leigh Last

Two men have been given suspended jail sentences for causing a fire that wrecked a bike shop in Bury St Edmunds after they cremated a mouse because they were bored.

The fire tore through the Cycle King shop on Angel Hill in September 2017 - causing over £1.5 million worth of damage in the process. Two neighbouring buildings were also damaged.

Dysney Sibbons, 23, of Stowmarket, and Ashley Finley, 25, of Elmswell, admitted setting the dead mouse alight to amuse themselves on a slow day.

Sibbons was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months. Finley was also sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months after both appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday 25 July. It follows an earlier hearing where they pair pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether property would be damaged.

Both Sibbons and Finley will have to live with their irresponsible and dangerous actions for the rest of their lives. The fire caused extensive disruption to motorists, pedestrians and residents in the Angel Hill area of town and widespread damage to two neighbouring business premises that were flooded with water.

It is very fortunate that no-one was seriously injured or died in the fire and to see both individuals sentenced for their reckless and immature behaviour is what they deserve.

– Detective Sergeant Paul Cappleman, Bury St Edmunds CID