Abertillery man admits torching Real Crisps factory in Croespenmaen, Crumlin

Campaign Series: ADMITTED ARSON: Abertillery man Colin Goulding admitted causing the fire which destroyed the Real Crisps factory in Crumlin ADMITTED ARSON: Abertillery man Colin Goulding admitted causing the fire which destroyed the Real Crisps factory in Crumlin

THE man accused of burning down a Valleys crisp factory today admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Colin Goulding, 31, of Bridge Street, Abertillery, was due to face trial at Newport Crown Court but pleaded guilty to one offence at the last minute.

On September 20, 2012, Goulding started a fire after he dropped a cigarette at the Real Crisps factory where he worked with his parents in Croespenmaen near Crumlin.

The fire at the factory on the Sirhowy Valley Foods Estate destroyed most of the building causing £6 million worth of damage.

A hundred local people lost their jobs when owners Tayto Group Ltd decided it would not re-open.

Goulding pleaded guilty to the lesser of two counts he faced, the more serious being arson with intent to endanger life.

Matthew Roberts, prosecuting, accepted the plea and Goulding will be sentenced tomorrow at 2pm.

Goulding was remanded in custody until his sentencing tomorrow.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

mvaone says...

hope he gets what he deserves not only did he destroy a building he destroyed peoples livelihoods,hope he's happy.
hope he gets what he deserves not only did he destroy a building he destroyed peoples livelihoods,hope he's happy. mvaone

7:23pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Magor says...

I am surprised by this as it was not deliberate,so smokers out there be careful with your dog ends.Dont even throw them out of you car window.
I am surprised by this as it was not deliberate,so smokers out there be careful with your dog ends.Dont even throw them out of you car window. Magor

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree