Coventry & Warwickshire

Boy, 16, admits sheltered housing arson in Rugby

A 16-year-old boy has admitted starting a fire at a sheltered housing complex in Rugby.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, changed his plea after several weeks of trial.

The boy pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

The charge relates to a fire in Harold Cox Place on 1 March 2010 that broke out near a mobility scooter parked next to the building. No-one was injured.

The teenager was arrested during investigations into the deaths of Kathleen Mabel and Albert James Adams, both aged 77, following another fire at the complex two days earlier.

The case was adjourned for sentencing until 13 May.

A charge of manslaughter relating to the deaths of Mr and Mrs Adams was ordered to lie on the file.

Update 1 March 2011: This story has been amended following clarification by Warwickshire Police that the guilty plea applied to the second fire at the sheltered housing complex.

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