Man jailed after being caught on camera setting light to tent belonging to homeless man

An arsonist in England caught on camera as he torched a homeless man's tent has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Footage released by West Midlands Police shows Ian Gordon ambling up to the victim's makeshift shelter, part of which was tied to a tree, before setting fire to several parts of the canvas.

A man inside the tent, pitched on a grassed area near Carrs Lane in Birmingham city centre, managed to scramble free on the morning of June 21 this year.

Images of Gordon were shared on an internal police briefing system and a Pc immediately recognised the 51-year-old, who was arrested the following day.

Gordon, of Sheldon Heath Road, Birmingham, denied any involvement in interview but pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life at the city's Crown Court.

Detective Constable Laurence Green, of Birmingham West local investigation team, said: "We still don't know what the motivation for this was.

"Following the offence, a number of officers from the local neighbourhood team and CID walked around the city centre, speaking with members of the homeless community, not only to gather intelligence of the offence, but to reassure them.

"The offender was quickly identified from the excellent CCTV footage and was arrested from his home address."

More in this Section

Russia accuses UK of 'intentionally concealing facts' in Salisbury nerve agent attack

Vatican media chief resigns over doctored letter scandal

'DO NOT CONGRATULATE': The briefing note Donald Trump ignored on Putin call

Tear gas halts Kosovo parliament vote on border demarcation deal


New father’s life ‘changed forever’ after he was run over by surgeon

The biggest cancer killer will take your breath away

Hopefully she had an idea...

Power of the press: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss 'The Post'

More From The Irish Examiner