Man charged in connection with fires - South Oxfordshire

16/01/2015

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with arson in connection with fires in South Oxfordshire.

Andrew Main, aged 47, of Roke Marsh, Roke, Wallingford, was charged this afternoon, Friday, 16 January 2015, with four charges of arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charges are in relation to fires, which occurred in Crowmarsh Gifford and Roke Marsh in the early hours of yesterday morning, Thursday, 15 January 2015.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation byThames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Andrew Main.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man with four charges of arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered.

"The charges relate to fires, which occurred in South Oxfordshire in the early hours of Thursday, 15 January 2015.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Mr Main has been remanded in police custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Saturday, 17 January 2015.

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