Would-be arsonist tried to start fire at petrol station in Bletchley

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A man who pleaded guilty to attempted arson with intent to endanger life after trying to start a fire on a petrol station forecourt in Bletchley is to be sentenced in August.

Jake Regan, 19, of Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday, Monday.

At around 4.45am on June 8 Regan visited the BP Express Viking service station in Aylesbury Street and became abusive to staff. He began to push bins around and threw kindling.

Regan then took an unleaded fuel hose off the pump and held a lighter flame to the end of the nozzle while repeatedly pulling on the lever in an attempt to extract fuel.

Members of staff called the police who arrested Regan at the scene and he was charged with the offence on the same day.

Investigating officer PC James Macaro, from Milton Keynes local CID, said: “Fortunately the staff didn’t allow the fuel to be authorised and nothing was ignited in this incident. However if fuel had come out of the pump the situation could have potentially been fatal.

“Thames Valley Police investigates all arson or attempted arson offences thoroughly to ensure offenders are identified and are able to face the consequences of their actions.”

Regan was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the same court on August 3.