Mile Cross Phoenix Centre: Norwich boys guilty of arson

Phoenix Children's Project Centre The Phoenix Centre was empty at the time of the fire

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Two boys have been found guilty of setting fire to a children's centre, causing damage estimated at £100,000.

The Phoenix Centre in Mile Cross, Norwich, was gutted by the late night fire on 15 December.

The boys, who are 15 and 16 and from the Norwich area, were found guilty of arson following a trial at Norwich Youth Court.

Their cases have been adjourned for further reports and they will be sentenced on 30 July.

The property, refurbished after volunteers helped raise £500,000 to buy it in 2006, was empty at the time of the fire.

The roof and several of the community rooms were badly damaged.

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