A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for arson attacks on three farms, resulting in the deaths of 120 pigs and causing approximately £750,000 worth of damage, Norfolk Constabulary has said.

Jordan Chenery. Image from Norfolk Constabulary

Jordan Chenery, a 23-year-old from Oldwyk, Basildon, Essex, appeared before Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday, September 8) having previously pleaded not guilty to three counts of arson.

These charges relate to a number of incidents that occurred in 2019.

On September 26, 2019, Chenery carried out an arson attack on a barn in Bressingham, which destroyed the building and resulted in the death of 120 pigs.

It also damaged a large number of hay bales and farm machinery.

The second incident happened in Kenninghall on September 27, 2019, and involved a large stack of hay bales being set ablaze by Chenery.

The final incident also occurred in Bressingham, where Chenery set 400t of straw alight on October 3, 2019.

Investigating officer, PC Phil Cook said that farms “being targeted by arson are thankfully rare, however they have an unmeasurable impact on the victim and the wider rural communities”.

“We take rural crime seriously and we are pleased that, on this occasion, we have been able to identify and successfully prosecute the male responsible for the offending,” he added.