A 19-year-old has been jailed for starting fires in the block of council flats where he lives.

Liam Hynes, of Scholey House, York Road estate, Battersea, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by a judge at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

Wandsworth Guardian: Wandsworth Councillor Paul Ellis

Councillor Paul Ellis said the council has zero tolerance to antisocial behaviour 

He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson after the council’s CCTV footage identified him as the arsonist.

The council is taking legal action to repossess his flat, arguing that his criminal behaviour constitutes a breach of the tenancy conditions.

Councillor Paul Ellis, the council’s housing spokesman, said: “These were mindless and unforgiveable acts by this foolish young man who put the lives of his neighbours in real danger.

“Fortunately the two fires were both small and quickly dealt with by the fire brigade but they could have had tragic consequences.

Wandsworth Guardian:

“I’m pleased to say that our CCTV footage played a decisive role in helping the police identify Mr Hynes and providing incontrovertible evidence of his guilt.

“As a consequence of his own actions, he will no longer enjoy the benefit of living in a council flat.

“We have an absolute zero tolerance of those who commit criminal acts or engage in antisocial behaviour on our housing estates. The vast majority of our tenants expect nothing less from us.”

Victims of antisocial behaviour in Wandsworth can get help from the council. Council tenants or leaseholders should call 020 8871 6829, people in private accommodation should call 020 8871 8894.