Teenagers and 12-year-old boy behind devastating container blaze at Honiton rugby club handed cautions

PUBLISHED: 16:02 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 13 August 2018

Firefighters examine the gutted container. Photo: Honiton Fire Station

Firefighters examine the gutted container. Photo: Honiton Fire Station

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A trio of youths who caused a devastating blaze which ripped through a container owned by Honiton Rugby Football Club have been punished by police.

The interior of the container, which was destroyed by the blaze. Photo: Honiton Fire StationThe interior of the container, which was destroyed by the blaze. Photo: Honiton Fire Station

Two 14-year-olds and a 12-year-old admitted causing the fire after being identified following a thorough police investigation.

The three youngsters, all male, have now been issued with youth conditional cautions by the Devon and Cornwall Police’s youth offending team, and will be required to engage with youth offender services for three months to complete their conditions.

The trio were responsible for setting a container belonging to the club alight in School Lane - destroying a treasure trove of memories it held as a result.

Firefighters examine the gutted container. Photo: Honiton Fire StationFirefighters examine the gutted container. Photo: Honiton Fire Station

Jerry Rice, club secretary, said the container housed two boxes of old photos of former teams and events, as well as other miscellaneous items.

Following the arson attack, Honiton’s community banded together to raise £4,500 for the club.

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