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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Cumbrian woman put lives at risk by setting Christmas tree on fire

A woman has admitted putting people’s lives in danger by setting fire to her Christmas tree.

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Louise Ray

Louise Jane Ray, 32, was arrested after firefighters were called to her house in Walker Road, Salterbeck, Workington, in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The fire was out by the time they arrived.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Ray pleaded guilty to a charge of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

Her barrister Alison Whalley said Ray had never intended to injure anyone – except, possibly herself – but accepted that her actions could have resulted in other people’s lives being put at risk.

Ms Whalley said Ray suffered from psychological problems which needed to be investigated before she is sentenced.

Ray was remanded on bail for a psychiatric report and will be sentenced on May 10.

Although as part of her bail conditions she has recently been living at a probation hostel in Liverpool, the court allowed her back to the house in which she started the fire.

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