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Smith family jailed after caravan torched at Stockbury

Wednesday 12th June 2019


THREE members of the same family have been jailed for more than 10 years after a caravan at a site off the A249 at Stockbury was deliberately torched while the occupants were inside.

Maidstone Crown Court heard William Smith, accompanied by two of his relatives, called at the caravan at 6.20am on Saturday, May 5 last year.

The caravan was in a yard off the dual carriageway and was home to two men and two women that he knew.

The caravan door was damaged and Smith poured petrol inside and set it alight.

The occupants of the caravan got out and were later found by officers standing at the side of the road.

Police patrols - including armed officers – and firemen attended, but the caravan was completely destroyed and two other vans damaged.

Smith, who was still at the yard, was arrested. His two relatives had left the scene but were later detained.

Fifty-four-year-old Smith, of Miller Close, Sittingbourne, admitted violent disorder and arson, while being reckless as to whether the life of another was endangered.

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 11, he was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to seven years and four months in prison.

William Smith, 29, of Miller Close, Kemsley, admitted affray at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison. At the same hearing, Eli Smith, 23, of Lewis Close, Faversham, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two years and nine months.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Chris Greenstreet said: “This was a very violent incident and it is only chance that nobody in the caravan was seriously injured.

“The victims would have feared for their safety until the arrival of emergency services and a lengthy prison sentence is entirely appropriate.”


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