Man denies Axminster arson attack

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 November 2017


Forty-seven-year-old pleads not guilty to starting a fire at Axminster Recycling Shop

A man from Axminster has appeared at Exeter Crown Court accused of starting a fire at the town’s recycling shop.

Darren Wood, aged 47, formerly of Bonners Drive, Axminster, but now of Durnford Street, Plymouth, denied arson being reckless whether property was damaged.

He is alleged to have damaged fixtures and fittings at the Axminster Recycling Shop on the night of October 15 this year.

The fire service were called to a small fire in the area around the letter box of the shop, which occupies the old Regent Hall in Victoria Place at around 9.25 pm.

A man was allegedly caught on CCTV walking to and from the shop at around the time of the fire.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for two weeks to allow defence barrister William Willden time to view the CCTV and discuss the case further with Wood.

Mr Willden said Wood denies being the person on the CCTV and says he was in Exeter at the time of the fire.

Wood appeared by video link from Exeter Prison and was remanded in custody.

Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said a further allegation of arson which relates to a second fire on the same night at Chard Road, Axminster, is unlikely to be pursued.

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