Duo plead guilty after bike shop fire causes £1.6 million damage

Two men are in court this week after a significant fire at Bury St Edmunds’ branch of Cycle King.

The incident (reported by local paper East Anglian Daily Times), took place in September 2017, causing around £1.6 million of damage after the accused, who pleaded guilty to arson, admitted trying to cremate a mouse to pass the time during a slow trading day.

The fire spread to a nearby pub and restaurant and more than 60 firefighters were called to the incident.

At Ipswich Crown Court, the judge called out the pair’s “sheer stupidity”. Sentencing takes place in late June.