Four years in jail for Boxing Day arson

A MAN who destroyed his mother’s flat by setting fire to it in the early hours of Boxing Day while she was visiting relatives in Scarborough has been jailed for four years.

Keith Philpott, 24, set fire to clothing in a bedroom of a flat on Topping Street which he shared with his mother.

She had gone away to Scarborough for Christmas to visit relatives leaving her son alone.

But after drinking heavily, he lit a fire at around 4am which not only destroyed his mother’s flat and the flat above, but also damaged nearby shops.

He pleaded guilty to arson and was jailed at Preston Crown Court.

DC Warren Jones, from Blackpool police, said: “This man is very lucky the couple sleeping in the flat above did not lose their lives in this fire.”

A hairdressers shop below the flat suffered water damage as firefighters battled to bring the blaze under control.

It also spread to Blueberries, a designer clothes shop next to the property, damaging stock worth thousands of pounds.

The shop also suffered losses at not being able to fully operate in the January sales which began the next day.

Philpott was arrested later that day. He claimed he had tried to extinguish the fire but it had quickly grown out of control and spread.

He raised the alarm himself and went to knock on the door of the other flat to ensure the other people evacuated.