Hungry woman set fire to dad’s house because he wouldn’t buy her food

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Farha Bushra, 20, set fire to her dad's property in Cambridge. (Cambridgeshire Police)
Farha Bushra, 20, set fire to her dad's property in Cambridge. (Cambridgeshire Police)

A hungry woman set fire to her dad’s house after he refused to buy her something to eat.

Farha Bushra, 20, started a blaze at her father's property in High Street, Cambridge, while she was staying there on 28 April.

She called him at work complaining there wasn’t enough food in the house and demanded he go shopping, but he insisted she would have to buy her own food.

An enraged Bushra then told him she would start a fire at the property.

A few minutes later she phoned him back to say the blaze was out of control.

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Bushra admitted to starting the fire by burning a tissue inside a cardboard box. (Cambridgeshire Police)
Bushra admitted to starting the fire by burning a tissue inside a cardboard box. (Cambridgeshire Police)

Fire crews put the fire out, but not before it had spread to other areas of the property and caused significant damage.

Bushra admitted to firefighters she started the fire in her father's bedroom by burning a tissue inside a cardboard box.

When interviewed by police, Bushra, now of Church Vale Road, Birmingham, accepted responsibility for the blaze and admitted a charge of arson.

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The fire caused significant damage. (Cambridgeshire Police)
The fire caused significant damage. (Cambridgeshire Police)

Bushra was given an 18-month community order at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday.

She was also ordered to complete 40 days of rehabilitation activity and given a £1,000 fine.

PC Antony Piccinelli said: “Bushra’s behaviour that day was completely inexplicable. 

"Only she will know why she thought setting fire to her father’s bedroom was a good idea or an acceptable reaction to an argument over food shopping.”

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