Ex-Marston's staff jailed for pub arson

27 May 2011 by
Ex-Marston's staff jailed for pub arson

Two former employees of a Marston's pub in Wales have been jailed after admitting carrying out an arson attack on the pub they used to work at.

The pair started the blaze at the Running Hare in Ewloe, Flintshire, which caused £500,000 of damage, in order to cover up a £200 theft from a gaming machine, according to the BBC.

At Mold Crown Court, former head chef Clinton James Stephen, 31, was jailed for three years and four months.

And ex-assistant manager Christopher Ryan Drake, 20, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years youth detention.

The pair set fire to the Running Hare pub, Ewloe, in February after stealing from a gaming machine.

The court heard the £3m pub was gutted and the total loss, involving renovations, loss of stock and takings, was more than £1.1m.

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By Neil Gerrard

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