Fourteen-year-old boy charged with Earlham church hall arson to the value of £210,000

Fire fighters at the scene of the fire which has devastated the church hall at St Anne Earlham in Colman Road. Picture: Denise Bradley Fire fighters at the scene of the fire which has devastated the church hall at St Anne Earlham in Colman Road. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
2:52 PM

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with arson following a devastating blaze which destroyed a church hall in Earlham earlier this year.

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Firefighters were called out to deal with the fire at St Anne’s church hall, in Colman Road, at about 4pm on February 17.

Three fire crews - from Earlham, Carrow and Hethersett - were sent to the scene and it took firefighters about half an hour to get the fire under control using main and hose reel jets.

Fire investigator Brian Walshe said at the time that nobody was in the building, or the neighbouring scout hut and church, when the fire broke out.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of committing arson on February 17 destroying St Anne’s Church Hall to the value £210,000.

The youth has been released on bail to appear before Norwich Youth Court on Tuesday, September 23.

A second teenager, aged 16, was arrested in connection with the incident earlier this year and remains on police bail until September 21.

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