Bitter ex-lover admits to arson

Liam Batty
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A young woman’s bedroom was torched by a spurned lover a day after a court imposed a restraining order on him.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard Liam Michael Batty, of Westmorland Close, Leyland, went to the home of his ex partner on Bannister Drive in the town.

He had been banned from doing so by a restraining order imposed by Chorley Magistrates’ Court on July 19.

But on July 20, the former chef set a fire in her bedroom, damaging her bed, mattress duvet clothes and wardrobe.

It is understood two neighbours tried to put out the blaze with a pan of water, but were told to get out of the property by police.

Three fire engines attended the scene and remained there for around one hour and 20 minutes to extinguish the fire and check the property.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of attending her home when prohibited by the court order.

On the same date, the court heard he destroyed a television stand and mobile phone to the value of £460 belonging to his ex.

He indicated guilty pleas to the magistrates bench to charges of arson with intent and criminal damage.

Richard Edney, of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Three people were in the property when the fire broke out but were out when we got there.

“The flat suffered smoke damage and there was fire damage to a bedroom.

“The source of ignition is believed to be a lighter or cigarette.”

Batty will be sentenced for the arson at Preston Crown Court on August 20.