Teenagers convicted of arson attack in park

18/09/2014

Three teenagers who set fire to a community playground in a park in Coventry have been given a nine month referral order and each order to pay the local council £1000 in compensation and a fourth was given a referral order for 12 months.

In March 2014, the fire service were called to Allesley Park to tackle a fire at a childrens playground.

Soon after the fire had been extinguished, investigators discovered that the cause of the blaze was deliberate. Large rubbish wheelie bins had been strategically placed underneath the wooden play unit and then set alight.

Damage caused to the playground was estimated at approximately £45,000.

Following a police investigation, the four defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested and charged with arson to which they pleaded guilty to at the first hearing at court.

Bindi Athwal, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Due to the irresponsible actions of these four defendants, not only did they put themselves and firefighters in danger, but they have also caused a local play area, which was used by families from the vicinity, to become unusable.

"Once they realised what they had done, they made no attempt to put out the fire or call the emergency services and instead, they ran away from the scene of the crime.

"These four individuals will now have to deal with the consequences of their actions as well as face up to the fact that each of them will now have a criminal record."