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Man sentenced for arson attack on 16th Century mansion in Manchester


A man has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison today (18 August) for setting fire to a Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion in Manchester, causing almost £5 million worth of damage.

Jeremy Taylor, 27, pushed burning newspaper through the front door of Wythenshawe Hall as he walked through the park in the early hours of the morning on 15 March 2016. This fire then spread through the entrance hall and upwards onto the first and second floors and out through the roof, destroying the bell tower.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were automatically alerted by the fire alarms shortly after 3am. They worked through the night and the following two days to extinguish the fire.

Gary Logan, of the CPS, said: "Jeremy Taylor, for reasons only known to himself, caused extensive damage to one of the oldest and most loved buildings in Manchester that will cost in the region of £4.75 million to repair.

"His actions almost destroyed the 16th Century building and put at risk the lives of fire fighters who attended to extinguish the blaze.

"Throughout the case until the day of the trial Taylor denied starting the fire, but the CPS worked closely with the police to build a strong case against him, including CCTV and telephone evidence which proved he was in the area at the time of the fire. His DNA was found on a match next to the scraps of singed newspaper which were found at the scene."

Jeremy Taylor pleaded guilty to arson on the first day of the trial at Manchester Crown Court in July.


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