Teenager pleads guilty to Malmesbury primary school arson

A teenager has been given a community order after setting fire to an outbuilding belonging to a Malmesbury primary school.

Jordan Tadd, 18, of Tanners Walk, Twerton, pleaded guilty to arson at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

He was given a community order, where he is required to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, made to pay a victim surcharge and ordered to pay costs.

On October 18, two fire crews from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and one from Tetbury attended a fire at an outbuilding of St Joseph’s Primary School on Holloway.

The outbuilding housed school play equipment, which was all destroyed at a cost of more than £20,000.

CCTV footage was released in November and Tadd was invited for interview after being identified.

Sgt Kate Smith, of the Royal Wootton Bassett Community Policing Team, said: “This is a positive result and comes from the tireless work of our officers to identify those involved and secure a charge.

“Understandably, this cause a lot of community concern at the time and we hope that by securing a sentence will go some way to addressing this.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people of the danger of fire and the serious consequences of a senseless act.”

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