A TEENAGE arsonist who caused £1.8 million of damage when he started a fire at Rotherham Interchange station has been sentenced to three years’ youth detention.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 15 when he set a bus alight at Rotherham Interchange on May 15, 2016.
A large section of the transport hub had to be closed for several weeks due to the damage, which included damage to the roof and electrics.
The teenager, who admitted arson with intent to endanger life at a previous hearing, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday (12).
Judge Roger Thomas, sentencing him, said the fire had not only damaged property but put lives at risk.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue fire investigator Simon Rodgers said: “This incident is further proof that people who start fires do get caught and do get convicted.
“Starting fires is reckless, can cause huge damage and distress to the local community and can cost lives.
“We work closely with our police partners to investigate deliberate fires and thank them for their perseverance in bringing about this conviction.”
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