Crime spree of boy, just 14

Blackpool FC Hotel
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A 14-year-old Blackpool boy went on a mini crime spree, magistrates were told.

The youth went off the rails and out of control.

He used money given to him by his mother to buy 
alcohol and then mixed with an older youth who led him into trouble.

The 14-year-old. who cannot be named for legal reasons. was sentenced to a six month referral order by Blackpool Youth Court.

He was also told to pay £100 costs and £15 victim’s surcharge.

He admitted offences of 
arson and criminal damage.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, told the hearing how the boy set fire to a bucket of rubbish near the Blackpool FC Hotel (pictured above)

He then set fire to a builders cabin which was destroyed by the blaze caused when he threw away a lighted cigarette.

The youth also committed criminal damage to a minibus belonging to Highfield School, breaking one of its windows.

The youth also admitted breaking two windows at an empty property on St Annes Road, Blackpool.

Gary McAnulty, defending, told the magistrates: ”He did not want to set fire to the cabin deliberately – he threw away a cigarette.

“There is little or no evidence linking him with some of the crimes – only his confession when questioned.”