‘Resentment’ led to arson by Rugby man

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A Rugby man who carried out a planned arson attack in the grounds of a stately home has been sent to prison.

David Neal was jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to arson in the outbuilding at Farnborough Hall in south Warwickshire.

The 53-year-old, of Lytham Road, also admitted the theft of a CCTV camera from the National Trust-owned property.

In August last year Neal stole a CCTV camera from a private yard. He returned two weeks later, and was captured by a CCTV camera walking round in the afternoon.

Smoke was later seen coming from the roof of an outbuilding in the family’s enclosed private garden.

Scott Coughtrie, defending, said: “This was a deliberate attempt to cause criminal damage by fire, as opposed to an intent to endanger life.”

Neal, who worked for 28 years on the railways, had been bullied at school and led an isolated existence.

Jailing Neal, Recorder Christopher Tickle told him: “What we have here is a deliberate act which, I am quite satisfied, was based on resentment and feelings of inadequacy and the like.”