John Anthony Bell today received the life-time ban, from possessing matches, lighters and accelerants, under an ASBO. If he breaks it, he could face a jail sentence.
It emerged that he had been responsible for starting a series of fires across
North Wales – then he rang the fire service.
Mold Crown Court heard how
, 27, had been depressed and drawing attention to himself. Bell
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service had spent more than £16,000 tacking the fires he started in Rhos on Sea, Old Colwyn and in Holywell,
But significantly their time was being diverted from potentially life-threatening incidents, the court heard.
Police arrested him and he admitted that he was responsible for starting more than 50 separate fires in wheelie bins, skips (Dumpsters), sheds, hedges, fencing panels, rubbish and even grass fires.