Arsonist to return for sentence

AN ARSONIST who set light to his own flat is set to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

AN ARSONIST who set light to his own flat is set to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court.

Paul Tyler, 41, of Bell Close was arrested at the scene of the fire in a property owned by Ipswich Borough Council.

He pleaded guilty to arson at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday and the case was adjourned for psychiatric reports to be made ahead of sentencing.

Katherine Moore, in mitigation, said her client does not accept he set light to his flat deliberately and said he had some mental health difficulties.

Tyler was taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation after the fire broke out in the bedroom of his flat on Monday, July 27.

Two fire crews from Princes Street station and one from Colchester Road headquarters were called at around 3.10am after reports of a blaze at the flat.

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The fire had started in the ground floor flat of a four storey block of flats Tyler was rescued from the building by firefighters who then requested the assistance of the ambulance service.

Paramedics arrived on scene at around 3.20am and took him to Ipswich Hospital to receive further treatment.