Arsonists jailed after revenge attack in Grimsby

Arsonists jailed after revenge attack in Grimsby

Arsonists jailed after revenge attack in Grimsby

Two arsonists have been jailed after a barking dog alerted a sleeping family to the petrol revenge attack on their home in Grimsby.

The five people living there, including a four-year-old girl, were saved from the threat of the fire and potentially being burned to death after their two-year-old dog suddenly began barking at around 03:00.

Benjamin Day, 28, of Grimsby, and Corey Ford, 23, of no fixed address, admitted arson, and being reckless as to whether life was endangered, on April 10 last year.

The dog alerted the family to the blaze that had seemingly been designed to terrorise a man living at the house.

Three children were among the five people inside who were saved.

On the day of the attack, Day and Ford had both arrived in a car with excess petrol bought by Day earlier at a garage.

Day was driving and Ford threw petrol over the door.

Kaiser, a Dogue de Bordeaux, later started barking and it was discovered that the front door was on fire, with flames beginning to come under it and into the house itself.

A woman living at the property gathered the family together and they left via the rear. Firefighters arrived on the scene and put out the blaze.

Appearing at Grimsby Crown Court, Benjamin Day also admitted to an unrelated charge of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine between December 2o19 and February 2020.

Day has been jailed for nine years, and Corey Ford for six years.

The judge at Grimsby Crown Court said:

“It’s sheer good fortune that nobody was physically harmed. It’s clear that your intention was to terrorise the occupants of that property as a result of some grudge.”

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