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Convicted Tutbury arsonist latest to appear on police website

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

Jason Redfern

Jason Redfern

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A 29-YEAR-OLD man who set fire to his own flat putting his neighbours’ lives at risk is the latest criminal to feature in an online police initiative.

Jason Redfern was recently jailed for four years at Stafford Crown Court after admitting attempted arson with intent to endanger life, when he was a tenant of Castle Court, Church Street, Tutbury.

His police mugshot has now been published on Staffordshire Police’s Behind Bars initiative which promotes the outcomes of certain cases in which offenders aged 18 and over are sentenced at Stafford Crown Court to at least six months in prison or a young offenders institution.

Alcoholic Redfern admitted a charge of attempted arson with intent to endanger life at Stafford Crown Court in December after firefighters and police were called to his flat on Sunday, August 19.

The blaze had been confined to his flat and Redfern was taken to hospital as a precaution and later arrested.

His neighbour, Kathryn Pattison, who had only lived in the block of flats since June said she had already experienced problems and antisocial behaviour around the block of flats connected with Redfern.

The Behind Bars web page has received more than 68,000 unique visitors, which equals to an average of 186 every day.

Among the other people named and shamed from Burton included murderer Tomasz Sobczak, rapist Roy Mewis and Carl Burns, of Short Street, Stapenhill, who stole £10,000 worth of class and jewellery from GC Hardwick and Sons in High Street.

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