Pensioner who set giant bin ablaze in Hitchin town centre must pay for the damage he caused

Commercial refuse bin in Hitchin wrecked by arson attack

Commercial refuse bin in Hitchin wrecked by arson attack - Credit: Archant

A pensioner who pleaded guilty to setting a commercial refuse bin ablaze in Hitchin town centre has been ordered to pay £500 in compensation.

The 1,100 litre North Herts District Council bin was wrecked by the fire at the back of the Iceland store in Biggin Lane at the beginning of February.

David Carroll, 70, of Bancroft in the town, was also given a conditional discharge for 12 months after admitting the charge when he appeared before magistrates in Stevenage.

Councillor Peter Burt, the council’s executive member for waste and recycling, said: “Fortunately no individuals were hurt, but a fire in a commercial size bin in a waste storage area could have easily got out of control with potentially devastating results.

“We hope this prosecution sends a clear message to would-be vandals and arsonists – this type of destructive behaviour has serious consequences and offenders will be punished.”