A DEAF man has admitted deliberately starting a fire which could have endangered the occupants of a house.

Michael Douglas, 26, of Gwynne Avenue, Thornbury, Bradford, denied a charge of arson with intent to endanger life, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

But he pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, at a detached house in Manscombe Road, Allerton, on May 26 this year.

He also pleaded guilty to theft, and driving without insurance or a licence.

Prosecutor Philip Adams said the pleas were acceptable. He said the defendant had named two other people, who had been arrested.

Douglas had the proceedings translated to him by a sign language interpreter.

His barrister, Anastasis Tasou, asked for a probation report.

Judge Jonathan Rose said a substantial custodial sentence was likely. He adjourned sentencing for a report, and said if others were charged it may affect his sentence.

Douglas was remanded in custody.