North West Wales

Our Lady Immaculate boy arsonist was 'messing', court told

Our Lady's School in Bangor
Image caption The fire in February damaged a detached classroom block

A 14-year-old boy caused more than £100,000 damage to a Gwynedd primary school when he was "messing" with a lighter, a court has heard.

The blaze at Our Lady Immaculate RC School in Bangor took hold when a container behind a classroom was set alight in February.

The boy, who cannot be named, later confessed to starting the fire to a school worker.

He was given a 12-month referral order and his family must pay £80 costs.

The 120-pupil school was closed for a number of days after the fire.

Caernarfon youth court heard the boy had received a police reprimand nearly a year earlier for arson on grassland.

Court chairman Malcolm Jones told the boy: "You know this is a very serious offence. If you were over 16 you would most certainly have gone into prison."

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