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Soham arsonist avoids jail for spate of attacks

A Soham man who blamed his fictional twin brother for a spate of arson attacks in the town has avoided jail.

Paul Fiebig, 23, lit a series of six fires in his town between April and May last year.

The fires, which ranged in severity from bushes and hedgerows to 40ft conifer trees, saw neighbours panic as their gardens were engulfed in flames.

Arson attacks in Soham (37076701)
Arson attacks in Soham (37076701)

Several witnesses spotted Fiebig at the scene of the blazes and commented on his calm demeanour, despite the potentially dangerous situation.

The 23 year old was also spotted by an off-duty officer, who noticed him constantly looking over his shoulder and acting suspiciously, moments before a fire broke out.

Arson attacks in Soham (37076703)
Arson attacks in Soham (37076703)

Fiebig, of Queensway, was arrested on suspicion of arson and when questioned, claimed the fires must have been the work of his identical twin brother. Officers investigating later confirmed Fiebig was not an identical twin.

At Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday he admitted six counts of arson and was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

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