A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been imprisoned for 14 weeks following an arson attack in the town early on Monday morning.
Ross Vicars, whose address was given as The Parade, Mousehole, pleaded guilty to the arson attack at West Cornwall Magistrates’ Court a day later.
In the early hours of Monday, August 27, police and the fire brigade were called to Wharf Road in Penzance following a report of a wheelie bin being on fire.
The bin was well ablaze and smoke from it meant local residents in the Wharfside area needed to evacuate their homes for a short while.
Vicars was later arrested and charged with arson and was remanded in custody to appear before West Cornwall Magistrates court on Tuesday.
Vicars was jailed for eight weeks for the arson attack and a further six weeks for committing another offence after activating a suspended sentence imposed for threatening behaviour early in August.
He also pleaded guilty to burglary from the First and Last pub in Penzance and theft from the Iceland store, receiving four week concurrent sentences on both charges.
Inspector Jean Phillips, from Penzance police, said: “I am pleased with this result. The potential for this fire to spread to a building was real and offenders have to expect a custodial sentence.”