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Addict jailed for £5.6m crack pipe fire in toilet

Drugged up:
Gemma Peat
was smoking
in station toilet
PICTURES: SWNS

A DRUG addict caused £5.6million of fire damage to a train station after smoking heroin and crack in one of its toilets.

Serial criminal Gemma Peat, 34, discarded the embers from her drug pipe into a sanitary bin at Nottingham station on January 12 last year, the naked flame sparking a blaze that quickly took out the toilet block.

More than 100 firefighters were brought in to tackle the inferno, which Nottingham crown court heard swiftly spread to the station’s linking bridge because of structural defects patched up with highly flammable polystyrene.

Blaze: Fire crews at Nottingham station

Peat, who had previously committed 108 different offences including shoplifting, possession of knives and assaulting emergency workers, pleaded guilty to a single count of arson.

In sentencing the Nottingham addict to 25 months, Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said: ‘This offence is a consequence of drug addiction.

‘The bin must have been smouldering as you left. You should have realised but you may not have done in your drugged-up state.’ He added: ‘It was a stupid and dangerous thing to do and it disregarded the safety of the public.’

However, the judge pointed out Peat had started the fire ‘recklessly, thoughtlessly but not deliberately’.

It was a point reiterated by her defence barrister Adrian Langdale who said she was ‘already heavily intoxicated’ when she did so.