A MAN who threw flaming bottles at a home while a family including a four year old were inside has been jailed for arson.

Kamran Ali, of Bromford Lane, Birmingham, not only launched the flaming missiles but went on to drive at two police officers before attacking one of those arresting him.

The 23 year old pleaded guilty to a string of offences including two counts of arson, dangerous driving, criminal damage, and assaulting an emergency worker.

Reading Crown Court heard how Ali launched his attack on November 2, 2020, when he threw bottles filled with flammable liquid at a property in Moor Lane, Maidenhead.

The occupants were inside at the time and the building was damaged.

Ali then drove off at speed and launched another bottle of flammable liquid into the road.

He continued his rampage by going on to damage a door and window of a property in Switchback Close before trying to leave - as he did he damaged a parked car and repeatedly rammed another.

Now on a flat tyre, Ali drove at speed to Colliers Close where he stopped and was found by two police officers. He reversed the car at them, although the managed to get out the way, and Ali smashed into a garden fence and concrete post.

He locked himself in his car, but police were able to get him out before he then attacked one of the officers.

Ali pleaded guilty to the string of charges on January 28, 2021, and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, September 8.

He was sent to prison for seven years and handed a 18 month driving ban for once he is out.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Arshid Ali, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “‘This was a frightening incident for the occupants of the attacked property. There were three generations of a family inside with one of the children only four and a half years old.

“The attack was carried out with Ali knowing that the property was occupied and there was a real likelihood of serious injury, but thankfully no-one was hurt.

“Ali pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and the sentence handed out by the court reflects the seriousness of the offence.”