Teen ar­son­ists wreck tree­house at kids’ school

The Chronicle - - News - By TOM EDEN Re­porter tom.eden@ncjme­dia.co.uk

THIS is the shock­ing fire caused by teenage ar­son­ists who torched a tree­house at a pri­mary school in Blyth, caus­ing £20,000-worth of dam­age.

The three reck­less teens were caught on cam­era smash­ing their way into Mor­peth Road Pri­mary Academy be­fore start­ing the fire which en­gulfed the wooden tree­house.

The 16-year-old boys, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, have now been con­victed of ar­son and sen­tenced fol­low­ing guilty pleas at at North Ty­ne­side Mag­is­trates’ Court.

One of the boys was or­dered to serve 12 months in a youth de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity.

A sec­ond boy was is­sued with a Youth Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Or­der and or­dered to work with a youth of­fend­ing team, while the third boy re­ceived a re­fer­ral or­der and was fined.

In the early hours of Au­gust 5, the teenage yobs broke into the grounds of the school on Bates Av­enue, kicked the win­dows out of the tree­house and started a fire.

The CCTV footage then showed the boys com­ing out of the tree­house and flee­ing the scene be­fore flames and smoke bil­lowed from within.

Blyth’s neigh­bour­hood po­lice team launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ar­son at­tack and soon iden­ti­fied the three re­spon­si­ble.

Act­ing Sergeant Chris Ard­ley, who over­saw the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “This was not only an at­tack on prop­erty be­long­ing to the school but the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­clud­ing pupils who at­tend.

“The tree­house was a spe­cial fa­cil­ity for the school, used as a haven for the chil­dren to read, learn and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The of­fend­ers have taken this away from them af­ter caus­ing ir­re­versible dam­age to their class­room.

“I’m happy to see that a pos­i­tive out­come was reached in court, and that the team’s hard work and ef­forts have paid off.

“We will con­tinue to do all we can to crack­down on anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and make sure Blyth con­tin­ues to be a safe and pleas­ant place to live.”

Any­one who has con­cerns about anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in their area can call 101 and ask to speak with their Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team.

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