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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2005, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Spook hunter torches haunted home
A drunken ghost hunter has been given 100 hours community service for setting an empty house on fire.

Christopher Noble, 24, caused 5,000 worth of damage to the Gate House in Darlington, when he dropped his cigarette during a spook watch.

He fled the house in Barmpton Lane, but was trapped by police after his fingerprints were found on a drainpipe.

At Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday warehouseman Noble, of Farnaby Avenue, pleaded guilty to reckless arson.

Aisha Wadoodi, defending, said Noble usually went on ghost hunts with his girlfriend but they had rowed, he had got drunk and had gone on his own to the derelict house on 14 June last year.

The court also heard how he had previously been arrested for public order offences and Cleveland Police had a record of his fingerprints.

Noble was also put on probation for two years.




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