Elderly woman jailed for arson after St Leonards fire

Firefighters in Sussex

A 70-year-old woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after a property was set on fire in St Leonards.

Marie Knight, of Salisbury Road, St Leonards, was arrested and charged for arson after firefighters rescued her from the blaze in Salisbury Road on January 22.

Crews from Hastings, The Ridge, and Bexhill attended the incident.

An investigation into the fire found that it was started deliberately.

Officials say she was also ordered to make a contribution towards the Voluntary Witness Service.

Richard Moon, Lead Fire Investigator for ESFRS, said:

“East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have a small team of highly trained fire investigation Officers who regularly assist Sussex Police in the investigation of crimes involving arson.

“This conviction represents the hard work of this team and their dedicated service to their community”.

More Radio is continuously dedicated to providing a quality news service on-air and online, reporting local stories that matter across Sussex.

If you found this story useful, then check out our home page at moreradio.online where you can find the latest from the county, along with features and competitions from our presenters, as well as listening to the station live.

You can also sign up to our news alerts to receive updates on new stories. Simply click on the bell at the bottom right of the home page.

This will then allow a pop-up which will ask if you would like to receive alerts. Press ‘allow’ and you’re all signed up!

You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.