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Six teenagers in court over M1 fire in Mill Hill

M1 motorway fire
Image caption The fire at a scrapyard under the motorway led to the closure of a 6.5-mile stretch of the M1

Six teenage boys charged over a fire at a scrapyard under the M1 motorway in north London have appeared in court.

Luke Matthews and Johno Johnson, both 18, appeared at Hendon Magistrates' Court along with two 17-year-olds and two 15-year-old boys.

They were among 10 teenagers accused of conspiracy to commit acts of arson across the borough of Barnet in April.

The fire at the scrapyard in Mill Hill resulted in a stretch of the M1 being closed for days from 15 April.

All 10 teenagers, who did not enter a plea, were bailed until 27 September when they will appear at Wood Green Crown Court.

They were accused in connection with fires across the north London borough between 12 April and 16 April.

Mr Matthews, of Richmond Court, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, faces three charges of conspiracy to commit acts of arson while Mr Johnson, of Millfield Road, Edgware, is accused of conspiracy to commit five acts of arson.

The four boys, who cannot be named, were charged with conspiracy to commit five acts of arson including the M1 fire.

Four other teenagers have also been charged with committing arson in the area.

Up to 40 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire which led to a 6.5-mile stretch of the motorway being shut between junction 1 at Brent Cross and junction 4 at Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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