Teen, 16, admits ‘incredibly dangerous’ arson attacks on school minibuses and parked cars

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A teenage boy has admitted carrying out arson attacks on four cars and two school minibuses.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Rotherham Youth Court to five counts of arson and one count of theft.

He was sentenced to a 12-month detention and training order.

The charges relate to the arson of two minibuses at Wath Comprehensive School on September 28 and the arson of four vehicles in the Wath area on October 15.

Police said it was lucky no one was hurt due to the ‘reckless’ crimes.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Iain Martin from Rotherham said: “I am pleased that the teen has entered a guilty plea and accepted responsibility for his actions, which were incredibly dangerous.

“It is very lucky that nobody was injured as a result of his reckless and thoughtless crimes.

“I’d like to thank the public for their co-operation and to everyone who came forward with information to assist throughout our inquiry.