Teenage girl sentenced for Thursby church arson attack
A teenage girl who set fire to a 160-year-old a church in North Cumbria causing £500,000 of damage has been sentenced.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how the 15-year-old, who cannot be named due to her age, lit the fire in a bucket at St Andrew's Church, Thursby, in November.
It spread, destroying the organ and altar and causing severe smoke damage.
The girl, from Carlisle, pleaded guilty to reckless arson and was given a 12-month referral order.
The hearing heard how she was with her boyfriend when she lit the fire which blazed out of control. The pair then ran away.
She pleaded guilty to arson, on the basis that what she did was reckless, rather than deliberate.
She was also ordered to work with the North Cumbria Youth Offending Service on a programme designed to keep her out of trouble.