Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Latest articles
New complaints handling guide offers advice to local authorities
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is today issuing new guidance on effective complaint handling for local authorities.Based on previous documents, the new guide offers practical,...
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.  But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020.  But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1...
Family Law Awards winners announced in virtual awards ceremony
The winners of the Family Law Awards 2020 were announced at 4pm during a much-anticipated virtual awards ceremony. Over the past ten years, the Family Law Awards has recognised the leading players in...
Behaviour-based divorces still merit close consideration
Some recent cases illustrate the evidential and procedural issues involved in dealing with proofs on the merits of divorce, which are worth considering even though most cases may conclude on a...
HM Courts & Tribunals Service confirms 2020 Christmas and new year closure dates
HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has confirmed the dates over the Christmas and new year period in which Crown Courts, magistrates’ courts,...
View all articles

More Disorder in the Bankruptcy Courts - arson and bankruptcy

Sep 29, 2018, 17:33 PM
Slug : more-disorder-in-the-bankruptcy-courts-arson-and-bankruptcy
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Aug 23, 2010, 09:28 AM
Article ID : 91863

I am grateful to the anonymous commentator on the last post who has drawn my attention to the following story, published in the Cambridge News in July 2010. The story is entitled, "Suspect car blown up at station after arson in court" and is written by Chris Havergal. It is noted that:

"A courtroom was set alight and a controlled explosion was carried out on a suspect car in four hours of chaos across Cambridge.

The city’s station, where the vehicle had been parked, was evacuated as Army bomb squad experts made the silver Vauxhall Astra involved safe.

Police said a 62-year-old from Waterbeach had been arrested on suspicion of arson and he is still being questioned by officers today.

The drama started shortly before noon in hearing room six of Cambridge County Court on East Road, where bankruptcy cases were being heard.

A man, thought to be a party in a case, took out a flammable liquid, believed to be petrol, and started splashing it on paperwork and furniture before setting them on fire.

The arsonist was confronted by security guard Matthew Clarke, who tackled him and held him for long enough for everyone else in the room to escape.

At the scene, court manager Alex Pether told the News: “He put his life on the line. We’re very grateful.”


Crews used a turntable ladder to break a window on an upper floor to help ventilate the building, and the courtroom involved was thought to be seriously damaged by smoke.”

The story makes the RCJ's challenger episode sound positively pedestrian! An experienced IP once told me that they knew of a tale involving an Official Receiver in Norfolk who was (non-fatally) shot by a debtor with a shotgun. I cannot find any newspaper evidence to corroborate - does anyone know of this episode?

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Related Articles
Load more comments
Comment by from