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OFF BEAT: Burning BMW at work a crime of convenience for U.K. firefighter


An English firefighter faces jail time after admitting he torched his BMW in an attempted insurance scam, though he conveniently chose to set the vehicle aflame behind the fire station where he worked.

According to reports, 43-year-old Anthony Murray pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and two fraud charges involving two different insurance companies.

Mr. Murray also pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by writing letters intended to suggest that someone else was responsible for setting his BMW ablaze.

The attempted scam played out between September and November 2012, reports said, with the arson occurring while Mr. Murray was working on one of the Skelmersdale, England, station's fire engines, which were responding to a hoax call.

A second man, Gareth Collier, 33, has already pleaded guilty to making the hoax call and igniting the blaze, which damaged two other cars in the parking lot, reports said. The two men are to be sentenced Nov. 25.