Boy sentenced for £1m arson attack on farm
Date of alert:
Monday, 6 February 2023
Thames Valley Police
Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a boy has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to an arson, which caused around £1m-worth of damage to a farm in Eynsham, Oxfordshire.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the offence at Oxford Youth Court on Wednesday (1/2).
He was given a four-month youth referral order and ordered to pay £61 in costs.
On 24 October 2021 at around 3pm, a barn was set alight at Acre Hill, Freeland Road, Eynsham.
As well as the barn, owned by a man aged in his seventies, being destroyed, the incident caused significant disruption in the area, cattle had to be evacuated, and the fire was attended by a large number of fire service personnel and police.
Thankfully, no one was injured and all the livestock survived.
The boy was charged with the offence on 21 December last year.