JAILED: Man at centre Salisbury crime spree

JAILED: Man at centre Salisbury crime spree

Published by Mike Draper at 5:38am 14th August 2019.

The 56 year old was guilty of a string of offences, causing £7k worth of damage, and wrecking three police cars.

Nicholas Lowe, of Endless Street, Salisbury, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Monday (12 Aug 2019).


He admitted to:

  • Two counts of arson
  • Possession of a bladed article in a public place
  • Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place
  • Criminal damage
  • Damage totalling at least £7,000


Lowe has been jailed for a total of five years.

The charges relate to two separate incidents, one in February 2018 and the second in November 2018.

Police custody photo of a great haired 56 year old Nicholas Lowe from Salisbury.
Lowe was at the heart of a costly crime spree in Salisbury.


At around 3.20am on Saturday 24 February 2018 Police were alerted by Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue to a fire in Salisbury's Central Car Park, close to Sainsbury's.

Lowe, who was intoxicated, had phoned the fire service to tell them he had started a fire close to the area where rough sleepers were staying.

He had also damaged the wing mirrors of several vehicles, as well as the car park's ceiling lights, using a wooden bat.

Officers attended the scene and, when they arrived, Lowe used the bat to damage the bonnet of their police car.

  • The estimated cost of damage caused in the first incident, including the lights and five vehicles, was around £2,000

He was arrested and searched and was found to be carrying a knife.

A badly burned and damaged Wiltshire police car, which was caused by Nicholas Lowe who was jailed Aug 12 2019.
JAILED: Nicholas Lowe set fire to two police cars in College Street Car Park.


On 17 November 2018, while Lowe was released under investigation for the first incident, Lowe set fire to two police cars in College Street Car Park in Salisbury, using an aerosol can and a bottle of white spirit.

  • The estimated cost of the damage to the two police cars in the second incident was around £5,000.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said:

"Lowe's actions on both occasions demonstrated not only a complete lack of respect for the police, but an active disdain and hatred for individual officers and the Force as a whole."

"The second incident in particular could easily have caused significant harm or even loss of life, to either a police officer or member of staff or a passing member of the public."

"I welcome this sentence which hopefully shows that this kind of behaviour and attitude towards the police will not be tolerated."

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