The woman who lit the flame which caused more than £5 million worth of damage to Nottingham station, has today been sentenced.
Gemma Peat, of Wilford Crescent, Nottingham previously appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 7 August, pleading guilty to a charge of arson.
On Tuesday, she has been jailed for two years and one month.
On 12 January 2018, Peat was responsible for causing a major fire which started in the women’s toilets at the station.
Crews from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service then worked to stop the blaze.
CCTV captured the moment she entered the toilets and this evidence was crucial in placing Peat at the source of the devastating fire. A short while later, the CCTV cuts off as black smoke fills the room.
What did the officials say?
Detective Sergeant Shanie Erwin, from British Transport Police, said:
“This was an incredibly complex investigation, which took many months of meticulous investigative work to bring before the courts. Frustratingly, the blaze caused catastrophic damage to the station’s CCTV systems, however we were able to recover this vital evidence thanks to a state of the art digital forensic process.
“Undoubtedly, this helped us in securing a prosecution and putting Peat behind bars. The resulting fire caused devastation to Nottingham station and I would like to pay tribute to the emergency service responders, and the rail staff. They all worked heroically in a truly hazardous environment, helping passengers and ensuring that no one came to harm.”