Teenage arsonist sentenced to four years detention

A teenage arsonist who caused a £700,000 fire on his 15th birthday has been sentenced to four years detention at Cardiff Crown Court.The court heard how James Proctor started two arson attacks in the first three hours of his birthday.

He used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a taxi parked in the street and he then used paper dowsed with fuel to set fire to three commuter buses and a lorry in the Newport Transport depot.

Proctor, of Gloucestershire, was sentenced to four years youth detention after admitting two counts of arson and being reckless in endangering lives.