Boy, 15, charged with school minibus arson attacks

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A 15-year-old boy will appear in court charged in connection with arson attacks on school minibuses and four other vehicles.

Three minibuses were set alight at Wath Comprehensive School on Monday September 28, and four other vehicles in the Wath area were set alight on Thursday October 15.

The boy is due to appear before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today, charged with five counts of arson and one of theft.

Two other boys, aged 15 and 16, who were arrested on Thursday as part of the investigation, have been released with no further action.

Detective Sergeant Iain Martin from Rotherham’s Local Policing Unit said: “We’d like to thank the public for their co-operation and to everyone who has come forward to help with the investigation.

“Our enquiries will continue and we remain keen to speak to anyone who may hold information about the reported incidents.”

This includes a fire at a vehicle compound in Manvers Way on Sunday October 18, where between 40 and 70 vehicles were significantly damaged by the fire.

Please call 101 or email quoting incident number 1179 of 18 October 2015.