Fireman jailed over arson plot – Pendle Today

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A burly nicknamed Chunk who arranged an scam that involved his £47,000 BMW in Lancashire fell pinnacle to pit as he was jailed for five

Watch manager Anthony 43, got his accomplice Gareth Collier, 33, to set to the car in the fire station yard he worked, while he accompanied his on a hoax 999 call to cover his

Murray, whose black had the personalised number plate after his nickname, was scrambled to of a serious car accident on a remote miles away from the in Skelmersdale, Lancs.

But as Murray and others attended the call-out made by Collier, his went to the fire station to set to Murray’s BMW Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo, Crown Court heard.

from Orrell, near also worked part-time as a doorman, where he met Collier, Longshoot, Wigan, also a and the two hatched the plan, with offered £1,000 to do the job.

had debts and both were by greed, the court heard.

The later admitted conspiracy to arson. Murray also guilty to two counts of fraud and one of the course of justice.

Murray, a father-of-one with 18 service with Lancashire Service, was jailed for five and Collier for two years and three

Passing sentence Judge Everett told the defendants: was at the heart of offending for both of You were both greedy Each of you had built up debts.

was a pre-meditated, carefully planned

Earlier, the court heard had bought the car in June 2011 for by borrowing £28,710 from BMW and a £14,000 loan from TSB along with his own £4,700

He then took out two policies to the car and finance – and cashed in after the arson … in the hours of October 5, last

Murray stood to gain in the insurance pay-out once the for the destroyed car was paid off.

But became suspicious after the hoax call back to partner – and discovering his had gone to hospital on the night of the suffering a burn to his hand.

A lighter and gauze found also linked Collier’s DNA to the

A fellow fireman, Anthony had his own Ford car worth £2,600 in the blaze along with a Vivaro van belonging to Lancashire and Rescue Service, worth

Murray also wrote and a series of bogus letters in an to put police off the scent, Kenneth prosecuting, told the court.

The were purportedly from with a grudge after an during his work as a bouncer, the … on his car was in revenge.

John in mitigation, said Murray, who has a aged 10, had joined the fire in 1995 and put in years of public before the arson plot.


made a complete fall pinnacle to pit, he said.

performed enormous service to the over those long

This represents a very case and a very big fall grace.

This man is probably likely to go before the courts

This man is not used to committing This was a mad hat plan, hatched financial difficulty.

It was bound to be because the trail pointed to him.

Murray was suspended duty as watch manager an investigation into the offences and has since been dismissed by the service.

Detective Constable Burke from Lancashire said: To put members of the public at by making a hoax call to the station to ensure the station was whilst Collier set fire to car, is not only dangerous but unacceptable.

He did all of this for money. He put lives at leaving West Lancashire if there was a genuine need for I hope it sends a warning to that crimes of this are extremely serious and will not be

Bob Warren, director of people and at Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: We are appalled by the criminal of a man who, although working a service having the core to protect lives and property fire, committed arson in an to defraud insurance companies.

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