Vicar forgives youth who set fire to church

| September 2, 2011

A TEENAGER who robbed an 84-year-old woman at knifepoint in a church he had set alight at the end of a spree of violent offending has been jailed.

The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, demanded cash from the old lady after confronting her in St Bartholemew’s and All Saints’, in Wootton Bassett.

And the youth had already tried to mug another man and also set fire to another shed on a nearby allotment before setting the fire in the church.

When he was arrested later that day he revealed he had ‘lost his head’ after being told he couldn’t have money to go shopping with his friends.

Claire Marlow, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how the spate of offending took place on April 5. She said at about 1pm the emergency services were called to allotments, off Church Street, where a shed had been torched and a polythene greenhouse slashed.

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