Police station arson attacker jailed

A 28-year-old man who threw two petrol bombs into a Leicestershire police station earlier this year has been jailed for 10 years.

Mohammed Atif Kamal, was jailed at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to the attack on the Beaumont Leys police station.

Leciester Crown Court was told Kamal brought £3 worth of petrol on 3 July at a Tesco garage opposite the police station.

After filling two empty wine bottles with petrol he walked to the police station where he lit the first bottle and threw it inside.

He then lit the second bottle and repeated his actions.

Two members of the public and a member of police staff were injured in the resulting fireball and were taken to hospital.

Officers from the station arrested Kamal nearby minutes after the explosion.

Superintendent Rob Nixon of the West Area said: “The motive for the incident is not clear but there is no evidence that the attack was religiously or politically motivated.

“Kamal was apprehended within minutes of the explosion thanks to the swift action of officers from the police station. He now faces a lengthy custodial sentence and eventual deportation. The sentence reflects the seriousness with which the courts viewed his crimes.”

Kamal will serve a minimum of five years and faces deportation on release.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here