Peterborough man sets fire to step-daughter's car to "teach her a lesson"

Michal Gregor running away after setting fire to the car Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police has released CCTV footage of a man setting fire to his step-daughter's car. Michal Gregor, aged 28, from Peterborough said he started the fire to "teach her a lesson".

Gregor lit a small fire near the victim's Mini Cooper in Russell Street, Peterborough at about 10.30pm on 4 June. He then poured petrol on the flames and ran away.

A witness called police and Gregor was caught nearby with his clothes smelling strongly of petrol.

“Gregor set fire to the victim’s car in a busy residential street and ran away, with no control over the blaze. Fortunately, it did not spread and nobody was hurt but the results of this reckless act could have been much worse.”

DC Jon Edwards, Cambridgeshire Police

On 6 September, Gregor pleaded guilty to arson at Peterborough Crown Court. He was sentenced to a 14 month suspended sentence. Additionally, he was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.