Devizes petrol station van attacker jailed

Russell Osborne Osborne, from Devizes, was handed a prison sentence of five years

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A man who set fire to a van on a petrol station forecourt, with two people inside, has been jailed for five years.

Russell Osborne, 35, from Waiblingen Way in Devizes, Wiltshire, had pleaded guilty to a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

The van's driver and passenger, two men in their 20s, were able to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived.

Osborne was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on Friday for the incident which happened in Devizes last July.

The driver and passenger were not injured.

Insp Matt Armstrong, from Wiltshire Police, said: "This was a completely reckless crime that could have easily ended with people being very seriously injured or even worse."

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