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A man who caused £15,000 worth of damage to his own home on Christmas Day in 2019 has been jailed for 21 months after being convicted of arson.

Paul Yates set alight combustible items on his bed after an argument with his girlfriend.

Yates then called the Fire brigade before leaving the scene.

Allan Armbrister prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court that Yates was affected by alcohol before deliberately setting fire to his rented property.

In mitigation, defence counsel Shaun Dryden, said the offence was committed on impulse and that his client had taken steps to address his behaviour and his drinking. Yates was acquitted of 3 other charges – common assault, s47 assault and threats to commit criminal damage.

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