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Nottinghamshire Police release footage showing damage to Calverton shop after arsonist poured petrol through extractor fan

Footage showing the extent of damage to a shop after an arsonist poured accelerant through an extractor fan before igniting it has been released.

Kirit Patel then tried to cover up his crimes by spraying a CCTV camera outside with blue paint.

The footage caught Patel taking his ladder, spray cans and petrol cans out from his van parked near to the shop, as well as the damage to the kitchen. A short while later, it picked him up returning his tools to his vehicle.

Kirit Patel. (51442016)
Kirit Patel. (51442016)

Following an investigation, detectives used this footage to link Patel to the scene.

Officers also found a missing glove that forensically linked him to the arson.

The 65-year-old of Flatts Lane, Calverton, pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and criminal damage to the CCTV camera.

CCTV capturing the blaze inside the shop. (51442007)
CCTV capturing the blaze inside the shop. (51442007)

He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Monday) and was sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges relate to the incident in the early hours of February 25, 2019, in Flatts Lane, Calverton.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and found extensive fire damage to the kitchen area inside the shop.

The sink had been totally burnt and furniture within the room had melted.

Damage inside the shop. (51442013)
Damage inside the shop. (51442013)

There was also a clear smell of fuel mixed with oil on the floor, and the oil trailed from a brick wall outside.

Investigators found tissue soaked with accelerant and a glove was also recovered from the scene.

Local CCTV overlooking the premises had both been spray painted but due to work being conducted at the café, they were not recording.

Damage where the extractor fan was. (51442010)
Damage where the extractor fan was. (51442010)

An officer at the scene was then approached by Patel who appeared nervous and was asking lots of questions in relation to what CCTV footage had caught.

Following a review of the footage, he was arrested on suspicion of arson as he matched the description of the offender from the CCTV evidence.

The spray-painted CCTV camera. (51442019)
The spray-painted CCTV camera. (51442019)

Detective Constable Gemma Patterson, who led the investigation, said: "This was excellent police work to pinpoint Patel at the scene through CCTV footage, but also the forensic team who were able to linked him to the offence through DNA.

“The investigation was complex, as detectives had to work hard to piece together multiple pieces of evidence to understand the events of that morning, including paint comparison to further pinpoint Patel to the criminal damage.

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

"Thankfully no one was injured, although the shop was significantly damaged.

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

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