Girl admits role in fire at school

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A FOURTEEN-year-old girl has admitted her part in starting a fire which caused thousands of pounds of damage to a school.

The fire in a classroom at County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, back in January, caused £4,800 damage.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted a charge of arson when she appeared before Bury Youth Court on Wednesday.

Nikki Miller, prosecuting, said that the girl had not been the main instigator of the fire.

She was charged with arson as she had passed a deodorant can to another girl inside the classroom who then used it as an accelerant to start the blaze, Miss Miller said.

“It was a very narrow role that she played,” said Claire Lockwood, in mitigation.

The girl, who lives in Bury and who has no previous convictions was given a four-month referral order.