Girls admit arson at toilet block

Just Regional
Feb 24, 2021 2 mins read

Two girls aged 14 and 17 have admitted setting fire to a public toilet in Sheringham last year.

In the early hours of December 1, tissue paper was set alight in the block on the East Promenade, causing fire damage worth more than £1,000.

Footage of the incident was posted online and two teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested and each later charged with arson.

The 14-year-old was also charged with criminal damage after causing damage to a police custody cell following her arrest.

She appeared at Norwich Youth Court on February 18, where she pleaded guilty to both charges. She was issued with an eight-month referral order to a Norfolk Youth Offender panel and made to pay £150 compensation.

The other teenager appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on February 11, where she pleaded guilty to the arson charge, along with two counts of assault against another teenager last September.

For the offence of arson, she was issued with a six-month referral order to a Norfolk Youth Offender panel and was ordered to pay £540 compensation. For the assault charges she received an additional six-month referral order and was made to pay compensation of £150.

She is due to appear again at Norwich Magistrates’ Court tomorrow for a Criminal Behaviour Order hearing following a number of incidents of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in the town.

Sheringham beat manager Ian Smith said: “Between them, these girls have repeatedly caused misery and risk to this community. We won’t tolerate this kind of behaviour, and I’m pleased that the victims of their crimes are being offered some form of justice.

“I only hope that this provides these teenagers with the wake-up call and guidance they need to stop their selfish, criminal acts.”

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