Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Teenager admits starting Waterlooville Tesco store fire

A teenager has admitted starting a fire which destroyed a Tesco store in Hampshire.

The manager evacuated the express store at the Westbrook Centre in Grassmere Way, Waterlooville, when the fire started on the evening of 7 July.

Daniel Eastley, 19, from Havant, admitted setting light to bread crates at the rear of the store.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson and will be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on 20 August.

A 37-year-old man who worked at the store suffered minor burns in the incident.

It was the third fire at the premises in the past 10 years.

Police said the fire could have been deadly.

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