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Andrew Main returns to court over Oxfordshire arson attacks

Andrew Main, pictured in grey, led to security van
Image caption Andrew Main (pictured on the right) is charged with four counts of arson following a series of fires

A man has reappeared in court accused of arson following a series of fires in Oxfordshire, including one that caused major damage to council headquarters.

Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh Farm, Rokemarsh, is charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two counts of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison but did not speak.

The hearing at Oxford Crown Court was adjourned until 10 April.

The judge indicated that Mr Main had elected not to say anything at the preliminary hearing.

He first appeared in court on 17 January where he was remanded in custody.

The charges relate to blazes at the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council, a funeral parlour in Crowmarsh Gifford and a thatched cottage in Rokemarsh on 15 January.

At their peak, 27 crews were tackling the fires, which started within 10 minutes of each other shortly after 03:00 GMT.

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Image caption The South Oxfordshire District Council HQ was set alight on 15 January
Image caption The fires started within 10 minutes of each other shortly after 3:00 GMT

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