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Detention for school arson youth
Fire crews on the roof of the school building
Fourteen classrooms and two science labs were destroyed
A youth who caused 2.6m damage when he set fire to his school has been given 18 months detention.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously admitted causing reckless arson at the Pingle School, Swadlincote.

He had been playing with a lighter and an aerosol when flames spread to 14 classrooms and two science labs.

Stoke Crown Court heard it had been a break-time prank which escalated. No one was injured.

About a quarter of the school was destroyed in the fire in December 2005.

Some of the 1,300 pupils were able to attend school only four days a week until temporary classrooms were erected.


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