Arson admission

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A TEENAGER has admitted arson which led to a blaze at an Alnmouth block of flats in February.

At Newcastle Crown Court last Thursday, a 16-year-old from Esh Winning, County Durham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered. He also entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated vehicle-taking without consent and burglary.

His co-accused, Andrew Frostwick, 18, of Carrville, County Durham, pleaded guilty to the latter two charges but not guilty to the arson. Both had entered not guilty pleas to a charge of arson with intent to endanger life and the Crown Prosecution Service accepted the pleas for reckless arson.

The fire had occurred when a stolen Ford Galaxy was set alight at the Seabanks flats in the village early on Tuesday, February 1.

The case was adjourned to Thursday, May 26, for pre-sentence reports to be prepared. The 16-year-old will remain on remand at a secure training centre and Frostwick is on conditional bail.