Cumbria

Arsonist John Brown's jail term appeal fails

John Brown Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Brown targeted houses, a pub, cars and caravans

A "reckless" arsonist who targeted homes and property in Cumbria has failed in his bid to have his minimum jail term reduced.

John Brown, 48, was sentenced to life in March after being found guilty of a series of arson attacks in Keswick.

He was ordered to serve a minimum term of 18 years, which his legal team argued was too harsh.

However, the Court of Appeal dismissed the claim, describing the sentence as not excessive for such a serious case.

The judges said he had been reckless to a high degree, given that some of the properties he targeted were occupied.

Brown was convicted at Carlisle Crown Court in February of 10 charges of arson and six of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The attacks, between March 2011 and January 2013, were on houses, a pub, cars, caravans and bins.

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