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Teenager admits to causing £140,000 worth of fire damage at two Droylsden stores
Tuesday 12th March 2019 @ 14:06 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News Tameside

A teenager who started two store fires in Droylsden last October has appeared before Tameside Youth Court.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two charges of arson which jointly caused more £140,000 of damage.

The youngster, who was just 13-years-old when he committed the offences – had set light to items of stock in Poundland on Greenside Lane in Droylsden just after 9am on Monday, October 1 last year.

The damage caused to stock in Poundland was estimated to be around £650.

He then set light to a large quantity of items at Droylsden’s Wilko’s store, causing £140,000 of damage in all.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene but store staff had been able to extinguish the flames before they arrived.

Fortunately no one was hurt in either incident with staff and customers safely leaving the store.

The Wilko store was closed for the morning following the incident. The youth was arrested on the same day.

Appearing before the court he admitted starting the fires and was referred to a youth offending panel for nine months.

His parent/guardian must pay a £105 bill for court costs.