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Woman torched her own flat after being told she was getting evicted

A woman set fire to her own flat after being told she was going to be evicted for repeated anti-social behaviour.

Roxy Lee Jackson has been jailed for six years for starting the blaze then walking away without telling emergency services or any of her neighbours.

They called 999 after seeing plumes of black smoke billowing out of the property owned by he local housing authority where she lived in Butts Meadow, Wisborough Green, West Sussex.

Sussex Police

Roxy Lee Jackson has been jailed for six years for starting the blaze then walking away without telling emergency services or any of her neighbours (Picture: Sussex Police)

The 33-year-old lit three different fires in the flat on August 10 last year, causing roughly £40,000 worth of damage.

She had earlier been given her notice of eviction for repeated episodes of anti-social behaviour in the small village, where houses cost almost £400,000 and flats around £200,000.

Jackson denied the charge of arson with intent to endanger life, but a jury convicted her at Lewes Crown Court.

She was jailed on Thursday for the arson and a separate charge for growing cannabis, which she admitted.

Detective Constable David Midgley said: ‘This case highlights just how dangerous fire can be. Fortunately the neighbours notified the fire service who attended swiftly to extinguish the fire, preventing any further lives being endangered and any further property being damaged.

‘We’d like to thank the residents of Butts Meadow in Wisborough Green who assisted the investigation which ultimately led to Jackson being convicted.’

Sussex Police

Firefighters found she had started three fires causing £40,000 worth of damage (Picture: Sussex Police)

Sussex Police

She also admitted a charge of growing cannabis (Picture: Sussex Police)

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘Roxy Lee Jackson, 33, formerly of Butts Meadow, was found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life following a trial at Lewes Crown Court on May 17. She had denied the charge.

‘The court heard on 10 August last year that Jackson returned to her flat at Butts Meadow, a property owned by the local housing authority, which she was in the process of being evicted from due to ongoing anti-social behaviour issues.

‘She then set three different fires at the property before leaving and made no attempt to alert the neighbours and the emergency services. West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and police were notified by concerned residents due to the large plumes of smoke coming from the flat. The fire was put out and an investigation launched.

‘Jackson was arrested that evening by the police and charged the following day. The fire caused £40,000 worth of damage to the property.’

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