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Teenager admits his part in school arson attack
A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy has admitted his part in a blaze which seriously damaged a school roof.
The boy, who was accompanied by his mother, appeared at Teesside Crown Court, but was told by Judge Howard Crowson that he would be sent back to youth court for sentencing.
The fire on June 14 destroyed a roof and skylight on the tech block at Northfield School, Billingham.
The teenager's barrister Robert Mochrie said he had pleaded guilty to arson on the basis that the damage to the roof was caused recklessly rather than intentionally.
He said: “He accepts it was a joint prank that has gone horribly wrong.”
Mr Mochrie said the 15-year-old was of previous good character and it was desirable that a youth court sentence him as soon as possible.
Judge Crowson agreed and told the youth: “I don't like to see 15-year-olds in the crown court, it is really a place for adults.”
He gave him unconditional bail.
Another defendant, Jack Bradburn, 18, of Rievaulx Avenue, Billingham, is yet to enter a formal plea to the charge of arson and will re-appear at the crown court on October 18. He was also bailed by the judge.