Police officer who saved arsonist from burning building commended by judge

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A Kent Police officer who saved an arsonist from a burning building has been commended by a judge.

Sergeant James Cattermole entered a house in Sellindge in May last year. With the help of his colleague PC Louis Southon, he helped get Christopher Pain to safety.

The two officers had been called to Brook Lane Cottages at 12.40am on Monday the 3rd of May following concerns Pain may have a knife and was threatening to injure himself.

The property was locked and officers attempted to speak to Pain through a window to check on his welfare. Pain refused to engage and shouted abuse before starting a fire in the property's living room.

The two officers then entered the house and pulled Pain to safety.

57-year-old Christoper Pain was jailed for four years and ordered to serve an extra two years on licence at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday the 16th July after admitting arson at a previous hearing.

In his sentencing remarks, His Honour Judge Simon James commended Sergeant Cattermole's quick-thinking and bravery in getting Pain out of the building.