Jail for arson attack neighbour

Barbara Gordon Jones
Image caption Barbara Gordon Jones was jailed indefinitely for public protection

A 51-year-old Kent woman who carried out more than a dozen arson attacks on cars and properties has been jailed.

Barbara Gordon Jones carried out the attacks on her neighbours in Tudeley, and former neighbours in Chiddingstone, Kent, and Bletchingley, Surrey.

She committed the offences in Surrey between 1999 and 2001, Chiddingstone in 2004 and Tudeley in 2008.

She was given an indeterminate jail term for public protection at Maidstone Crown Court.

After the hearing, Det Con Shelley Rainer, who investigated the most recent offences, said she first established the link between the incidents in Tudeley and Chiddingstone, and then alerted Surrey Police.

In Tudeley, Gordon Jones's home was directly adjacent to a complex of flats for elderly people, where the arson attacks took place.

'Lives at risk'

Det Con Rainer said: "From the evidence we gathered it became clear to us that we were not dealing with coincidences.

"To call the fire brigade and report a fire once or twice may be a coincidence, but to call them and be present or linked in some way to over 13 fires is no coincidence."

David Wales, from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Deliberate fires put everyone's lives at risk so we welcome the message that today's prison term sends out. Arson is an extremely serious offence."

Gordon Jones faced charges of committing arson with intent to endanger life, arson and criminal damage.

She was ordered to serve at least five years.

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