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Man fined after admitting arson

A 52-year-old man has been fined £200 after admitting setting fire to a stack of straw bales last year.

Paul Warman of Wild Flower Way, Ditchingham, appeared before Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 21 April 2021 and admitted one count of arson at a farm in the Bungay area on 3 September 2020. He was ordered to pay a £200 fine, £34 victim services’ surcharge, £145 in costs and £150 in compensation.

A farm employee discovered the fire when he turned up to work in the early hours of 3 September 2020.

Farm CCTV footage examined by officers showed a man climbing over a gate to get into the farm and walking through the farm to the location where the fire started. Shortly afterwards, flashes of light, which appeared to be flames, were visible. The footage shows the man then walking away from the location of the fire.

Warman was arrested on suspicion of arson the following day and questioned by officers. He was later released under investigation and summonsed to appear at magistrates’ court on 21 April 2021 when he admitted the offence