Arson woman breaks down during court

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A woman who admitted starting a fire at her home broke down in tears as a judge remanded her in custody.

Lauren Pendleton, 23, pleaded guilty to a charge of arson being reckless where life would be endangered.

The charge relates to an incident at her address on Rose Avenue, Blackpool, on January 12 when a carpet and underlay were damaged.

Her case has been adjourned to April 11 for sentencing. She had walked into court on bail.

Her lawyer, Paul Robinson, told Preston Crown Court she did not have a settled address at present.

Judge Robert Altham said the charge was a serious one.

He added: “I understand she is a very troubled young woman without previous convictions. Since her release from a psychiatric hospital she has lived at unsettled addresses. In the circumstances I am remanding her in custody.”