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PremierLeague-News.Com - The two 14-year-olds set fire in the lobby which then spread whilst people slept
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two teenagers who set fire to a Christmas tree in the lobby of a block of flats while residents slept walked free from court. The two friends, who the ECHO cannot identify due to their ages, were seen on CCTV lighting the tree's branches before smoke engulfed the lobby. As there was no fire alarm in the foyer of Marwood Towers in Everton, people were only alerted once the fire had spread. Residents had to be evacuated from the block of flats on Great Howard Street, which includes specialist housing for over 55s and received a £8.5m redevelopment in 2017. Both the teens appeared at Liverpool Youth Court this afternoon where they pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life. Rachel Chandler, prosecuting, said: "This dates back to December 16 last year when Merseyside Police were made aware of a fire at a block of flats." She explained residents were evacuated and a fire investigator confirmed the fire was not accidental but also that no accelerant was used. Ms Chandler said that "due to the design" of the building there was no requirement for a fire alarm in the lobby, meaning residents were only alerted once it had spread. She explained that the flats are owned by Torus Housing, and the building's manager, Mr McDonald had initially evaluated the cost of the damage at £15,000 but has "since provided a breakdown". Ms Chandler said the total amount of the damage caused was £74,974.17. She said: "CCTV at the property is quite clear and shows [Boy A and Boy B] enter the property and they are seen at the side of the Christmas tree attempting several times to light the branches, some times successfully. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here "You can see them see the Christmas tree go up in flames and see smoke cover the camera and the CCTV stops there." Neither of the teenagers, who were both 14 at the time, have any previous convictions. Steve Charters, representend Boy A while Lyndsay Clarke defended Boy B. Ms Clarke asked magistrates to consider Boy B's guilty plea. She said: "He tells me he had been out with his friend and had been hanging round outside but were cold and decided to go into the block of flats initially for warmth. Marwood Tower "They stupidly went over to the tree. He didn't think the whole tree would catch on fire and he didn't think of the overall consequences of what would happen." Ms Clarke said that although he had pleaded guilty to the offence he "genuinely never intended to cause any harm to anyone" adding it was an "extremely silly and stupid mistake for which he is very remorseful". She explained it was the first time the teen had been in trouble and explained that since his arrest he has been working with Family First, a service which provides support to families with complex needs. Boy B told magistrates "I just wish I'd never done it." Read More Related Articles Paedophile caught with child rape images keeps job working with computers Read More Related Articles Thug shot dead young rapper who chased him after being robbed He explained they had used his friend's lighter to set fire to the branches. Chair Magistrate Shirley McKenzie told Boy B: "This is very very serious.
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." Magistrate McKenzie said she was "not so sure" Boy B had "taken on board" the seriousness of what could have happened. The magistrate said: "Fire is such a dangerous, dangerous thing and to have it be caused by somebody deliberately whether you thought about what you were doing or not is absolutely tragic to the people on the other side of that, on the receiving end." Magistrate McKenzie said the offence "clearly crosses the custody threshold" but because of his lack of previous convictions he was spared being sent to a detention centre. She said: "Yes whilst this was a very very stupid thing to do, it was very serious indeed and it certainly did cross the custody detention threshold, we have heard you're remorseful. "We have heard you're in contact with Family First."
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Boy B was handed a 12 month referral order and his parent was ordered to pay a total of £107 in both costs and a victim surcharge. Magistrates him: "This is a Youth Court and we deal with things differently here. Had you been in adult court arson is very very serious and you would be looking at many years in prison whether you had a criminal record or not. "Take this opportunity to put this behind you." In a separate hearing Boy A told magistrates: "I was being stupid and it got out of hand." Magistrate McKenzie told Boy A: "Do you realise the fire could have been a lot worse than it was and potentially could have injured people and could have even killed people. "It's a very very serious thing you did although you said it was without thinking." Sentencing Boy A Magistrates McKenzie said: "You have never been before the courts before, you have expressed remorse."
"Most of us in here know about Grenfell, I'm not sure you do, but that's how dangerous and serious fire can be." Boy A was also handed a 12 month referral order and ordered to pay £107. The magistrate said: "You have the support and clearly the love from your grandfather and that you're in a stable environment is also one of the reasons we have decided to make a referral order."
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