Peterborough arsonist admits setting fire to his own flat

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162458009

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162458009

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An arsonist who set fire to his own flat before claiming he was the victim of fire-bugs is facing years behind bars after admitting his crimes.

Luke Rees (26) started the blaze at his flat in Somerville, Werrington on December 13 last year.

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162425009

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162425009

Fire crews were called to the ground floor flat at 6.55pm, to discover all people in the block had left the property.

However, all the contents in the flat were destroyed by the flames and smoke.

Rees even contacted the Peterborough Telegraph to claim he had himself been the victim of an arson, and his flat had been targeted while he was out at the shops.

He posed for photographs inside the burnt property, and told neighbours he did not know who had lit the fire.

Rees started these fires without any consideration for the damage they might cause, to the properties or the people living in them.

DC Steve Ward

But police soon arrested him in connection with the blaze, and another the night before at a house in South View, Woodston.

Fire crews were called at 9.45pm to the fire which was started in the ground floor of the property.

Rees originally denied the offences, and a trial had been due to start at Peterborough Crown Court today (Monday).

However, after a morning of negotiations and legal discussions, Rees, now listed as being of no fixed abode, made the admissions this afternoon.

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162521009

Luke Rees at his flat in Werrington destroyed by fire EMN-141216-162521009

He pleaded guilty to arson regarding the Woodston blaze, and arson reckless as to whether life was endangered in relation to the Somerville fire.

Following the guilty pleas, DC Steve Ward, from Cambridgeshire police said: “Rees started these fires without any consideration for the damage they might cause, to the properties or the people living in them.

“Luckily, the alarm was raised quickly on both occasions and no-one was injured but it could have been a lot more serious.”

Recorder Jonathan Lee remanded Rees into custody following the guilty pleas, and ordered a psychiatric report and a pre-sentence report to be carried out to find more information about the defendant and his background.

However, he warned him he could face a number of years in prison for the arsons.

Rees will be sentenced at the court on Monday, July 20.