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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Man writes from prison cell to say sorry to town for car arson

A fire starter who torched a car in a town centre has written from his prison cell to apologise for putting innocent bystanders in danger.

Brampton car arson photo
The torched car in Brampton town centre last summer

Bryan Leaver, 59, was jailed for two years for setting a Kia Picanto alight in Main Street, Brampton, during broad daylight.

And, in a letter that will be seen in every home in the Brampton area, he wrote: “I am just pleased and relieved that no-one was hurt because of my stupid actions.”

Leaver, who was arrested at the scene of the blaze, pleaded guilty to damaging the car by fire as well as a separate offence of being drunk in charge of a vehicle. The crimes were committed in June last year.

His regret was detailed in a letter to Brampton Parish Council, where he said he never intended to hurt anyone other than himself by starting the fire.

Leaver wrote: “I was the cause of a fire on Main Street, Brampton. By setting my car on fire I put the residents and police of Brampton at risk of great harm. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for this serious incident.

“I am deeply sorry for any distress I might have caused anyone, especially any children who might have witnessed this shocking event.”

He described his actions as “thoughtless and wrong”, adding: “I had no consideration of anyone else’s safety.

“I deeply regret my actions on this day and I just hope you can forgive me.”

Mr Leaver also apologised to police and fire officers who attended the scene, saying they could do a “dangerous and thankless job”.

Alongside this, he thanked those who had looked after him while he was in custody and residents who had dialled 999.

“I would like to say sorry to everyone concerned and also my deepest thanks that I am still here to write this letter,” he wrote.

The parish council has written to Mr Leaver, thanking him for his letter.

Councillor David Moorat, the group’s chairman, said: “Lets hope that he has learned from the exercise and hope that it helps him to lead a crime-free future.”

His letter has also been published in a free magazine, sent to all homes in the area.

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