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Harlow teenage arsonist pleads guilty to series of fires in Essex and Hertfordshire

Crime / Tue 13th Jul 2021 at 11:41am

A HARLOW teenager has been made subject of a criminal behaviour order after setting fire to property in Harlow.

The fourteen-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford magistrates court to the following.

On August 23rd, 2020, committed arson in that without lawful excuse you damaged by fire a Wacker Plate to the value of £200 belonging to to Western Homes, intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

At the time of court proceedings, the youth was already subject of a youth rehabilitation order in respect of the following.

On April 13th, 2020 at Broxbourne acting together with another committed arson in that without lawful excuse you destroyed by fire, buildings and vehicles to the value of £60k to £80k belonging to VTD Motors intending to destroy or damage such property or being reckless as to whether such property would be destroyed or damaged.

The court reports also refer to three other charges of arson that have been reported as “discontinued”.

The details of the criminal behaviour order are as follows:

He must not enter Harlow Town Centre unless accompanied by named adults.

Not to climb or damage any building, fence, tree or any other structure in Essex.

Not to climb on any building roof top or erected scaffolding surrounding a building in Harlow.

Not to be in possession of a lighter, matches, any accelerant or any items that may be utilised for starting fires.

Participate in structured programme re teenagers who set fires at Youth Offending for 12 days (or weeks or as directed).

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £200.00


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1 Comment for Harlow teenage arsonist pleads guilty to series of fires in Essex and Hertfordshire:

Kim
2021-07-14 09:17:26

60-80k worth of damage and all he gets is a course on teenagers who set fires and £200 fine.... where's the deterrent in that! Why is he not on a tag, made to do community service....no wonder the town is in pieces, the judicial system is crap!

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