Man, 54, admits setting light to two camper vans in Ipswich on New Year’s Day

Two camper vans were set alight in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, on New Year's Day. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Two camper vans were set alight in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, on New Year's Day. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

A 54-year-old man who set light to two camper vans in Ipswich will be sentenced next month after a psychiatric report has been prepared on him.

Before Ipswich Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing was Billy Parker, 55, of no fixed address.

He pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether a motor home would be damaged or destroyed by fire and arson to a camper van being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

The charges relate to two fires that took place in the morning of Monday, January 1 this year in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich.

The fires destroyed two camper vans, one in Hadleigh Road itself and one that was parked on a nearby business park, to the value of £2,500 and £4,500.

Judge David Goodin adjourned sentence until the week commencing April 16 for a psychiatric report to be prepared on Parker.

The court heard he has two previous convictions for arson in August 2008 and three more in October 2011.

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