Mother jailed for starting Workington house blaze

Scene of arson attack in Workington
Image caption The judge described Donald's actions as "incredibly dangerous and wicked"

A mother who claimed two other women had set fire to her home has been jailed for six years after admitting starting the fire herself.

Deborah Ann Donald, 34, of Wastwater Avenue, Workington, pleaded guilty to arson and being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

The fire was started just before 04:00 BST on Tuesday 17 July.

She admitted cruelty to her daughter by leaving her alone in the house for an hour before starting the fire.

Donald and her daughter were subsequently taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven suffering from suspected smoke inhalation and later discharged.

Donald also admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice by naming two women who she claimed were responsible for the fire.

At Carlisle Crown Court Judge Paul Batty QC said what she had done was "incredibly dangerous and wicked".

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