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Man detained indefinitely over Boxing Day forecourt fires

A man has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after starting fires at two petrol station forecourts.

Hussian Murad, 33, of Holkham Avenue, Leicester, was found guilty of the arsons at stations in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

He was convicted on Thursday after a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Judge Peter Jacobs, sentencing on Friday, said Murad should be detained indefinitely to protect the public.

"On the evidence of three psychiatrists, you potentially pose a risk to the public and for that reason I am making the order that you will be detained indefinitely," he told him.

Murad started the fires at a petrol station on the A1, in Marston, Lincolnshire, and at a garage on the A47 at Swaffham, Norfolk.

Both incidents happened on Boxing Day last year and were quickly brought under control before the flames could spread.

Murad was charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life.

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