Concern over support for skip arsonist

A judge and solicitor have raised concerns over the lack of health care for a firebug who started three skip blazes in Ilkeston.

They made their comments after a court heard that Kyle Place had not been helped by mental health professionals until he got into trouble.

A two-year conditional discharge was imposed on Place, 24, of Gallows Inn Close, Ilkeston, after he admitted arson on August 1, 8 and 19 at the Thermal Covers factory on Nottingham Road.

Asif Munir, mitigating, said Place had mental health problems and that his mother had tried without success to get him treatment.

“It takes a situation like this for the mental health system to be jump-started.

“Kyle’s mother has been to her GP and there has been a referral,” he told the court in Derby last Thursday.

“There has been a certain amount of frustration from Kyle’s mother.”

Deputy district judge Ann Price referred to an ‘appalling lack of involvement from mental health services’ and told Place: “I do hope you will get the assistance you need.”

She warned that he could have been jailed and added: “Make sure you don’t set light to any skips or other property.

“If you do, you will be brought back to court and there could be no option to that custodial sentence.”

Lynne Manning, prosecuting, said the firm had to pay £1,500 to have the skips smartened up after the late night fires, with Place only being identified when CCTV was installed.

The firm posted the film on Facebook and Place was identified by two of its employees, added Miss Manning.