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Man jailed after setting fire to a locked room – then handing himself in to police

A man set fire to his bedroom and then went straight to a police station to hand himself in.

Lee Bramley was today sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting to starting the blaze at a house in Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, that he was sharing with six people.

After lighting the fire, Bramley then locked his bedroom door and left the shared accommodation, before going straight to Mansfield Police Station just 22 minutes later and admitting to the arson – telling officers “I’ve done something stupid”.

Firefighters attended the supported housing building after being made aware by other residents of the blaze on 25 July 2021, which thankfully didn’t result in any injuries but did cause around £700 of damage.

Bramley, 51, was charged with arson with recklessness and appeared before Nottingham Crown Court today (2 February), where he was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail.

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Detective Sergeant Matthew Dumbrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully, nobody was injured and the fire was quickly put out after residents spotted it and alerted the fire service immediately.

“It really does go without saying but arson is a very serious and inexcusable offence that is both incredibly dangerous and can lead to devastating consequences for anyone who is unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Bramley showed little regard for the safety of others by deliberately starting this fire in his shared accommodation, which could have easily also spread to other neighbouring properties and put more lives in danger.

“We are pleased to see that he has been punished for his actions and hope that his sentence will send a strong message out to others that arson is treated seriously.”

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