Issued on 10/10/18 at 1:43 p.m.
A 34-year old man has admitted starting a spate of fires in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire.
A number of vehicles, as well as flat, were damaged during three separate incidents that happened late on the evening of 29 August into the early hours of 30 August.
Daniel Milburn, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three counts of arson recklessly endangering life when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday (8 October).
Police were made aware of the incidents by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, with the first occurring in Mowsley Road on 29 August. Milburn had set several wheelie bins alight, causing a severe fire which spread to two vehicles parked in a nearby car port. The car port then caught fire, causing smoke damage to a nearby property. A total of 13 wheelie bins were damaged in the fire.
Milburn first set fire to a bin outside a care home in Bell Lane, also on 29 August. However, after doing so, he then approached staff and pulled the bin away from the building, stating he was a trained fireman.
Milburn also spoke to members of the fire service before leaving the scene but was later identified on CCTV footage. He then set fire to a camper van parked in Church Street in the early hours of 30 August, which was put out by the fire service.
He then went on to set several wheelie bins alight in Mowsley Court, causing a severe fire which spread to two vehicles parked in a nearby car port, causing damage to both. The fire then spread to a nearby flat, causing further damage.
A total of 13 wheelie bins were also damaged in the fire.
Detective Constable Chantel Booth, the investigating officer, said: “Milburn’s actions put multiple lives in danger and also caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. His decision to start multiple fires placed a significant increased demand on emergency services that was completely avoidable and unnecessary
“When interviewed, he told officers that he was drunk. This is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for the way he behaved and the public should take reassurance that he has been brought to justice.”
Milburn is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on 6 November.