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Man jailed for arson attack at Medway Maritime Hospital

Photo: Kent Police

An arsonist who started two fires close to oxygen tanks and MRI scanners at Medway Maritime Hospital has been jailed for life.

Luke French, 29, entered the hospital grounds in September last year and set rubbish alight which was being stored in an outside cage less than a metre away from lorries containing the scanners.

He also set fire to a nearby wheelie bin.

CCTV placed Luke French at the scene Credit: Kent Police

A member of hospital staff extinguished the fire before it caused significant damage.

Security staff then chased French away from the scene.

He was arrested at around midnight following a police search.

French, of Peregrine Drive, Sittingbourne, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and must serve a minimum of five years in prison.

French targeted Medway Maritime Hospital Credit: ITV News Meridian

Although no injuries were caused from this offence, French’s reckless actions needlessly endangered a huge amount of lives and the consequences could have been much more severe were it not for the quick actions of hospital staff.

In addition to the immediate danger of the fire, lifesaving medical equipment worth over £1,000,000 could easily have been damaged and this would have caused a huge amount of disruption for medical staff and people needing the equipment."

"French’s actions prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he presents a very real threat to public safety and the strong sentence imposed by the courts means he is no longer a danger."

– Police Constable Dennigan Tyson, Kent Police