Sunderland man admits setting fire to wheelie bin to 'get rid of rats'

A man who torched his neighbour’s wheelie bin in Sunderland said he did it to scare rats away from his property.

By Debra Fox
Friday, 09 August, 2019, 06:00
Liam Hunt appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Liam Hunt admitted one charge of arson at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Prosecutor Paul Anderson told the court that 31-year-old Hunt was captured on a neighbour’s CCTV footage setting fire to the bin, which is worth £25, and running back to his home.

Hunt, of Percival Street, Pallion, has 15 previous convictions for 29 offences – but is engaging well with the probation service as part of an ongoing community order.

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He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £50 compensation, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.