Norfolk teenager sentenced for school arson

PUBLISHED: 15:22 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:45 19 October 2011

Norwich Magistrates Court
picture by Adrian Judd
for EDP

Norwich Magistrates Court picture by Adrian Judd for EDP

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A teenager who was found guilty of setting fire to cricket nets, causing £5,000 worth of damage at a north Norfolk school, has been given a youth rehabilitation order and a curfew.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously been found guilty of the arson at Cromer High School’s sports hall.

Yesterday he appeared at Norwich Youth Court to be sentenced for the offence which took place in March.

Mark Davis, prosecuting, said that flames had been seen coming from the sports hall shortly after the teenager was seen trying the doors at around 7am.

Dave Foulkes, in mitigation, said the boy, who had previously denied the charge, had felt nervous ahead of sentencing, proving that he had not taken his situation lightly.

The boy, who was 15 when he committed the offence, did not address the court.

However his mother said: “I think it would be beneficial for him to try to work through his problems and try to understand where he is going wrong and to put him on the right track.”

Head of the bench Dr Tim Thirst sentenced the teenager to a nine-month youth rehabilitation order, with supervision, and a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew.

Dr Thirst said: “Arson is a serious offence but we have also considered the fact that this is your first conviction.”

He added: “There are a few things you need help to sort out and if that is done, there should be no 
re-offending from you.”

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