Teens admit arson attack

Sheffield Ski Village on fire
Sheffield Ski Village on fire
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Two teenage boys involved in an arson attack which destroyed part of Sheffield’s Ski Village have been warned they could be locked up.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, admitted to being part of a group responsible for a blaze which ripped through two wooden outbuildings at the ski village at Parkwood Springs in April.

Sheffield’s Youth Court heard they both accept responsibility for putting items onto a fire which they claim was already lit.

One put a door onto the fire to burn, and another picked up some pieces of wood from the ground and threw them into the flames.

They ran off when they spotted a police officer on the disused ski village site and the blaze spread and ripped through two wooden outbuildings, causing £5,000 worth of damage.

Magistrates who oversaw their case adjourned the hearing for pre-sentence reports to be prepared, asking for all sentencing options to be left open.

The maximum sentence at the youth court for arson is a two-year detention and training order.

Chairman of the bench, Sue Auckland, said: “It’s a serious offence, it’s an offence committed together - joint enterprise.

“We have had to take into account the value of the damage caused.

“We will adjourn for pre-sentence reports looking at all options, including custody, for both of you.”

One of the teenagers is also to be sentenced for attempting to pervert the course of justice - by falsely blaming another youth for starting the fire and asking another boy to do the same.

The fire was one of a series of attacks on the ski village since flames ripped through it in April 2012 - destroying most of the alpine ski complex which opened in 1988 and boasted the largest artificial ski slope in Europe.