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Man sentenced to three years in prison for arson in South Oxhey

25th August 2011

A 34-year-old man from Watford has been sentenced to a total of three years in prison for arson offences in May this year.

Jason Michael Smith, 34, of Ainsdale Road, Watford was sentenced at the hearing at St Albans Crown Court on Monday (August 22nd).

The offences took place on May 24th this year when a Ford Ka and wheelie bins were damaged on Ainsdale Road.

He was ordered to serve a total of three years imprisonment minus days he has already served since his arrest in June.

At the time the offences took place a lot of joined work from Police , Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Three Rivers District Council took place around reassurance and assisting residents who were concerned by the incidents.

Sergeant Luke Mitchell, Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant for South Oxhey, said:
“We are pleased with the sentence given to Jason Smith today. Arson is an extremely serious offence. His actions created fear and anxiety within the community of South Oxhey. He also destroyed two cars which has been a traumatic experience and inconvenience to the victims and owners of those vehicles. His sentence is a reflection o the excellent partnership work carried out between ourselves and our colleagues and partner agencies at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and Three Rivers District Council.

Councillor Roger Seabourne, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety at Three Rivers District Council, said;
“Arson is a serious crime and we are pleased with the outcome. Three Rivers take all criminal acts seriously and have worked hard with members of the Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue to ensure the safety of our residents. Three Rivers remains one of the safest districts in the country.”

Richard Thake, Executive Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said:
“Arson is extremely dangerous. It puts lives and property at risk and costs the county millions of pounds a year. It is a criminal offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“While our crews are dealing with arson incidents they are diverted away from other emergencies and community safety work. Our message is simple - we will not tolerate arson in Hertfordshire and we will continue to work with our partners to stamp it out.”