Jail for woman who set fire in Milton Keynes hospital

Lorraine Pile has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years
Lorraine Pile has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years

A woman has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after setting a fire in the reception of Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Lorraine Pile, aged 27, of The Hide, Netherfield, pleaded guilty to one count of arson at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday July 16, where she was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment.

This is in connection with an incident on April 17 when Pile started a fire in the reception area of the hospital.

Pile was arrested on April 18 and was charged the following day.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Greg Hughes, of Force CID, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “Pile’s actions were reckless and could have resulted in extensive damage to the hospital, putting lives at risk.

“Thankfully, the fire was located and put out quickly.

“As a result of her actions, Pile will now serve a prison sentence.”

An MKUH spokesman said: “We note that the Judge, in his summation, commended the quick actions of Security and Estates teams in evacuating the building and assisting Thames Valley Police with their investigation, and we would like to thank all those who helped police in the course of their enquiries.

We hope that this sentencing sends out a strong message that behaviour of this kind is not tolerated at MKUH, and that anybody who engages in activity which could harm visitors or staff at the hospital, or causes damage to the buildings or equipment on the premises, will swiftly be dealt with.”