Girl, 15, admits starting fire in Cumbrian church

| April 27, 2010

A teenage girl has admitted starting a fire that destroyed part of a north Cumbrian church.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that the 15-year-old lit a small fire at the 160-year-old St Andrew’s Church in Thursby.

Although she did not intend it to, the fire spread through the church, destroying the organ and altar and causing smoke damage to the rest of the building, including the stained-glass windows.

At the time damage was estimated at costing up to £500,000.

Yesterday the girl, who comes from Carlisle but who for legal reasons is too young to be identified, pleaded guilty to arson, on the basis that what she did was reckless rather than deliberate.

She was remanded on bail for background and psychiatric reports and will be sentenced in June.

Carl Daniel Losh, 18, of no fixed address, had also been charged with arson but was formally found not guilty when the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

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