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'Bored’ workers trying to cremate mouse burn down bike shop

Judge says "sheer stupidity" led to £1.6 million blaze that destroyed Cycle King in Bury St Edmunds...

A judge has said it was “sheer stupidity” that led two workers at a Cycle King shop in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to try and cremate a mouse, leading to a fire that burnt the premises down, causing £1.6 million damage.

Ashley Finley, 25 and from Elmswell and Dysney Sibbons, 23 ad of Stowmarket, both pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday to arson, being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged, reports the East Anglian Daily Times.

Besides the shop, neighbouring buildings on Angel Hill were also damaged by the fire, which broke out at around 5pm on 29 September 2017.

It took 60 firefighters, some from neighbouring  towns, to bring the blaze under control, with the building  needing  to be demolished afterwards.

Former location of Cycle King in Bury St Edmunds.PNG

Judge David Pugh said: "I am satisfied from reading the papers in this case that it was an act of sheer stupidity by these two defendants, particularly because of the location of where they were planning to amuse themselves to alleviate a boring day by cremating a mouse.”

Finley and Sibbons have been bailed pending sentencing, which is due to take place  next month.

Cycle King, which trades from 18 stores in south-east England as well as five shops trading as Hawk Cycles in the West Midlands,  has since reopened its Bury St Edmunds branch elsewhere in the town.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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ktache | 4 years ago
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hawkinspeter replied to ktache | 4 years ago
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ktache wrote:

The idiots have been sentenced.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-49111300

I'd have thought they would have been put under mouse arrest.

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simonmb | 5 years ago
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I used to believe Bury St Edmunds only existed in Agatha Christie books until I learned some interesting cycling trivia:

James Moore, born in the town on 14th January 1849,  won the world’s first cycling road race (the 1869 Paris–Rouen).

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handlebarcam | 5 years ago
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Normal for Suffolk

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brooksby replied to handlebarcam | 5 years ago
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handlebarcam wrote:

Normal for Suffolk

Is that better or worse than Norfolk-normal?

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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Personally, I think the defendants may have watched Clerks or the working-in-the-shop segments from The 40 Year Old Virgin and just thought, Yeah! We can be like wild and wacky fictional American shop workers too!

(Or maybe they knew the mouse in question: was it a feral mouse or was it a pet? The article doesn't say)

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Glyno | 5 years ago
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Hang on, one of the defendants is called Dysney, and this is a mouse?

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StraelGuy | 5 years ago
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By an amazing coincidence, I too have recently cremated a mouse! My cat left a dead one at the bottom of my stairs a few weeks ago and, out of idle curiousity, I decided to leave it and see what happened. As it turned out, it dried out nicely and became rather flattended. 

 

I was burning some garden waste and cardboard boxes in my garden incinerator the other day and I thought to myself 'why not give poor Mr. Mousy a viking send off?' So I did smiley.

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mike the bike | 5 years ago
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Oh come on folks.  There is something fine, noble even, about giving the poor deceased mouse a proper send-off.  I can see it now, the blazing matchbox/coffin atop the Viking longship as it sails majestically across the kitchen sink and into the sunset.  It's no good, I'll have to pause now, I think I've got a bit of grit in my eye ......

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earth | 5 years ago
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Those Stowmarket tractor boys, when are they going to learn?

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Bmblbzzz | 5 years ago
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Cheese toastie anyone?

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hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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Maybe they were just trying to have a mouse warming party?

 

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Bentrider replied to hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Maybe they were just trying to have a mouse warming party?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-oqgIZGhbU

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FluffyKittenofT... | 5 years ago
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As a story to gloomily tell your insurers, or anyone else, that really is the opposite end of the spectrum from 'an F16 crashed into it'.

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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Don't think I'll be patronising a bike shop that hires people quite so lacking in intelligence.

I'm assuming they also cremated quite a few bikes.  Hang them.

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HarryTrauts replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Don't think I'll be patronising a bike shop that hires people quite so lacking in intelligence.

I'm assuming they also cremated quite a few bikes.  Hang them.

 

I had the misfortune of working for Cycle King in the early 80s and while there would have been plenty of BSOs in the shop there wouldn't have been much to get upset about.  

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Rick_Rude | 5 years ago
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jh27 | 5 years ago
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I wonder if they got jobs at Halfords - https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/40-firefighters...

 

I'm not sure how it started, but as it's next door to Pets at Home, it very nearly cremated a large number of small furry animals.

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TimC340 replied to jh27 | 5 years ago
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jh27 wrote:

I wonder if they got jobs at Halfords - https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/40-firefighters...

 

I'm not sure how it started, but as it's next door to Pets at Home, it very nearly cremated a large number of small furry animals.

It’s also next door the The One Bull, my favourite pub in BstE. It was closed for a very long time for repairs. That was a true tragedy. However, I doubt anyone will miss Cycle King very much. 

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stonojnr replied to TimC340 | 5 years ago
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TimC340 wrote:

It’s also next door the The One Bull, my favourite pub in BstE. It was closed for a very long time for repairs. That was a true tragedy.

And suffered alot of water/smoke damage as a result & their loss of trade alone through being shut fixing that, could have had very serious consequences for their own business.

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