Arsonist, 20, who used a cigarette lighter to set fire to iconic Ilkley Moor is jailed for 27 months

Mail Online | 8/22/2019 | Luke Andrews For Mailonline
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An 'immature' arsonist who started a fire on Ilkley Moor that destroyed acres of the iconic Yorkshire landmark has been jailed for 27 months.

Mohammed Zulkifl, 20, put a cigarette lighter to grass before running off in April this year, as firefighters battled four blazes that destroyed 50 acres of valuable wildlife habitat.

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Fire crews rushed to the scene and risked their lives battling the flames, despite being already stretched as they battled two further fires on the tinder dry moor following days of hot weather.

Zulkifl, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to one charge of arson at Bradford Crown Court.

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Natural England said the damaged area of land could take decades to recover.

Sentencing, Recorder of Bradford Jonathan Durham Hall QC told Zulkifl: 'Ilkley Moor is etched into the national psyche - we all know it.

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'It is one of the few features which often distinguishes this area in the minds of onlookers.

'It is an extremely beautiful, extensive area of moorland. It is vulnerable, and will be vulnerable, along with all other moors.'

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'This case is a matter that has come to considerable public attention because it was an aspect of the most distressing and upsetting fires that beset this extremely precious part of Yorkshire during a very warm season indeed. Exceptionally, unusually.'

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said the moor is of special importance to the local community, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation, and a Special Protection Area.

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The initial fires began about 4pm around a coppice in the White Wells area of the moor and...
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