Home   Malling   News   Article

Tonbridge: Andrew Mason-Flucke admits arson

By Natalie Tipping

A man has appeared in court charged with starting a fire in a block of flats in Tonbridge. 

Andrew Mason-Flucke set fire to a communal bin area during an incident in Walters Farm Road last year. 

The 46-year-old entered the property late on Friday, December 23, and targeted a bin store which was surrounded by wooden cladding. 

Picture Kent Police

Picture: Kent Police

The Gorham Drive resident then left the scene before the fire took hold. It ignited materials inside the bins, including household waste and cardboard. 

Police and fire crews attended the scene, and residents had to be evacuated as smoke billowed into the main building. 

Police later issued CCTV images to appeal for information to track him down, which led to his identification and arrest on Thursday, February 2. 

During his interview, detectives showed Mason-Flucke footage of him entering the bin store, and he initially claimed he had gone there to urinate. 

Picture Kent Police

Picture: Kent Police

When the CCTV was played further to show the smoke coming from the bin store shortly after he left, Mason-Flucke changed his story. 

He said he had found matches on the floor and lit one and put it into a bin. 

Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, Mason-Flucke pleaded guilty to a charge of arson with intent, reckless as to whether life was endangered. 

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on Friday, October 20.

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More