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Bickley arsonist jailed for four-and-a-half years

PUBLISHED: 16:06 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 06 October 2015

The car Christopher Lock set on fire in November 2014

The car Christopher Lock set on fire in November 2014

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Christopher Lock set a man's car on fire in November 2014

Christopher LockChristopher Lock

An arsonist who set fire to a car in Bickley has been jailed.

Christopher Lock, also known as Peter Blaney, 52, of no fixed address was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail, with a further two years to be served on licence, today at Croydon Crown Court.

Lock was previously found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life.

At around 02:00 on November 5, 2014 a man in Bickley was woken by his car alarm sounding as the vehicle was on fire.

The fire had spread to the garden fence and the flames were about 20ft high, reaching up to the bedroom window of the house.

The man and his wife tackled the blaze in order to stop it spreading to the house until officers from the London Fire Brigade arrived and extinguished it.

Detectives investigating the blaze obtained CCTV footage which showed Lock, who was living rough in the woods nearby, walking up to the car with a petrol can, before setting it on fire.

He was arrested in Thornet Wood Road on November 10, 2014.

Lock was also issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order which will take effect upon his release with the following conditions:

Not to enter the area within the Bromley Borough bounded by the A222 in the North, the A208 and Perry Hall Road in the East, High Street Orpington and A232 in the South, and the A21 (Hastings Road/Bromley Common/Kentish Way) in the West.

Not to erect any structure or tent on any private or public land without the landowner’s written consent.

Not to live or sleep on any private or public land without the landowner’s written consent.

Not to contact the victims of this crime either directly or indirectly.

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