Teen accused of factory arson in dock

A TEENAGER accused of lighting a fire which caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to a factory has appeared in court.

Laurence Cawley

A TEENAGER accused of lighting a fire which caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage to a factory has appeared in court.

David Allison, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address when he appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds this morning.

The 18-year-old, of Peppers Close in Weeting, faces two separate charges of arson. The first relates to damage caused to the Chase Plastics factory in Brandon, which magistrates were told would cost about �250,000 to put right.


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The second charge is of setting fire to a trailer left outside the factory, which is thought to have cost �10,000.

No plea has yet been entered by Allison, who is employed as a driver's mate for an Elmswell firm.

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Allison, who wore a brown top and a black tee shirt at court, has been remanded in custody until next Wednesday when he will appear at Sudbury Magistrates Court.

A 15-year-old from Brandon and an 18-year-old from the Thetford area were arrested on suspicion of arson prior to being released on police bail.

A 16-year-old from Thetford was also arrested in connection with the alleged arson but was later released without charge.

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