South Yorkshire man jailed after two hour arson spree

Brett Dungworth, who was jailed for six years
Brett Dungworth, who was jailed for six years
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A yob who put lives at risk when he went on a two-hour £50,000 arson spree setting seven fires in a South Yorkshire village has been jailed for six years.

Brett Dungworth, aged 22, set fire to a car and a caravan and pushed lit wheelie bins up against houses and vehicles, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

An elderly couple narrowly escaped as their house was gutted and all those affected in Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, said they felt unsafe and had trouble sleeping since.

Jailing Dungworth Judge Robert Moore told him: “Having taken heavy excess alcohol you embarked on a one-man trail of serious destruction causing £50,000 of damage in your local town.

“In the space of two-and-a-half hours from 2am onwards you moved from the east side to the west to where you lived and set various fires.

“The psychological effect on your victims can’t be ascertained or defined other than somewhere between devastation and abject fear.

“Every one has had difficulty in sleeping since.”

Dungworth, of Bushfield Road, Wath, admitted seven offences of arson and two of attempted arson.

Andrew Bailey, defending, said he was not mentally ill or a pyromaniac but had drink and anger management problems.