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Teenager charged following playground fire

A 13 year-old boy has been charged following a playground fire in North Staffordshire.

The fire service attended a report of a large fire at the playing fields off High Lane in Brown Edge on Saturday 24 September. 

Although the fire was quickly extinguished, severe damage had been caused to the children’s play area and officers from Staffordshire Police began an investigation. 

A 13 year-old suspect was identified and arrested the following morning.

He has now been charged with criminal damage by fire and will attend the youth court later this month.

Sergeant Sam Tweats of Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team said: "I am able to confirm that the suspect who was arrested, has now been charged with criminal damage by fire. 

"Incidents of this nature are rare in Brown Edge and officers will continue to work closely with the community to effectively deal with issues in the area. 

"I would like to thank the residents of Brown edge for their help with this matter which enabled us to act swiftly.

"We are committed as a force to keep our community safe and reassured"

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