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30-year-old Newark man jailed for ten years at Grimsby Crown Court after pleading guilty to arson of ex-partner's house and threatening a woman and daughter with knife

A Newark man tried to burn his ex-partner's house down, stole a car at knife-point and went on to commit a robbery.

30-year-old Christopher Webster was arrested after a short police pursuit.

He was jailed at Grimsby Crown Court after admitting a series of offences on July 23, 2019, that began with arson.

Christopher Webster was jailed for ten years. (26377117)
Christopher Webster was jailed for ten years. (26377117)

Webster, of Victoria Terrace, Newark, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life; two counts of robbery; dangerous driving; and malicious communications.

The spree began when Webster deliberately started a fire at his ex-partner’s house at around 12pm that day, before making calls and sending messages to her and her family.

He left the property and went to Churchill Drive, Newark, where he threatened a woman and her daughter with a knife, before stealing the victim’s car.

Webster then drove to a store on Hawton Road and stole a bottle of wine before driving off.

Later the same day, Webster committed a robbery in Humberside and was arrested after a short police pursuit.

Detective Sergeant Mark Dickson, who investigated the case, said: “This was a spree of criminal offences where Webster showed little regard for the safety of others.

“The investigation was complex, as detectives had to work through a number of different incidents and piece together multiple timelines to understand the events of the day.

“I am glad the outcome in this case reflects how serious these offences were and shows Nottinghamshire Police’s commitment to keeping people safe.

“This was a joint effort and I would like to thank Humberside Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for their support with this investigation.”

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