A man has denied arson after handing himself into police following an article in the EDP.

Terrance Moriarty, 58, is accused of setting fire to three heavy goods vehicles following a blaze at Swannington. 

The flat-bed trucks belonging to Medlers, a Taverham-based specialist builders merchant, and their contents were badly damaged causing £213,000 worth of damage in the incident on January 29 last year.

The incident was captured on CCTV which showed a man scaling a fence shortly before the blaze.

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Moriarty, of Cere Road in Sprowston, appeared in custody at Norwich Magistrates’ Court after reading that an arrest warrant had been issued after he failed to appear in court on January 25. 

He pleaded not guilty to a single charge of arson intending to destroy or damage property.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction and committed him to stand trial at Norwich Crown Court saying the seriousness of the charge and the value of the damage caused meant it exceeded their powers.