Rival Cornish machinery arsonists have sentences reduced

Fire damaged machinery Rival contractors' machinery was targeted and set on fire

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Two Cornish men enlisted by a plant hire boss to carry out arson attacks on machinery owned by rivals have had their jail sentences reduced on appeal.

Allan Peters, 49, from Dominic Street, in Truro, and Alan Dunn, 43, from Polstain Villas, in Threemilestone, caused damage to rivals' equipment.

The Court of Appeal cut their sentences from seven years to five-and-a-half.

Plant hire boss, Jack Harvey, from Polwhele enlisted the men. All were jailed in 2010.

The court heard that between April 2008 and April 2009, the pair struck five times, setting fire to competitors' machinery and causing damage to valuable equipment.

Peters and Dunn appealed after hearing that their boss, Harvey, from Jack Harvey Limited, had had his sentence cut from 12 years to nine-and-a-half.

Lord Justice Hughes said a distinction had to be made between their involvement and that of Harvey.

"There is no doubt these offences were Harvey's by design and were committed in aid of a criminal aim which was his," he added.

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