Burnley arsonist jailed after starting pub fire

Burnley Crown Court.

Burnley Crown Court.

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A drunken arsonist from Burnley has been locked up for four-and-a-half years after striking a second time not long after walking free from court.

Andrew McKnight had earlier been given a suspended jail term at the town’s crown court, after torching a property on Travis Street, Burnley, where he lived.

This week he was back in the dock at the same court after he started a fire at a Skipton pub, shortly after he was spared prison. The hearing was told he set a toilet roll holder alight in the gent’s toilets at the Anchor Inn, causing damage to the property belonging to Whitbread PLC.

McKnight (29) had earlier pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered at the house on Travis Street, Burnley, belonging to Shahid Yousaf, last October. He recently admitted the second arson charge, committed in breach of the suspended term, and the case had been sent to Burnley from a crown court in Yorkshire.

McKnight, of Heath Street, Burnley, was said at an earlier hearing to have no mental health issues but to have a drink problem.

Sentencing him, Judge Jonathan Gibson imposed three years in prison for the pub offence and activated the suspended sentence, to be served on top.