Two teenage boys charged with arson following village fires

TWO teenage boys have been charged with arson following a series of village fires in Cambridgeshire this weekend.

Police officers were called by the Fire Service at 6.07am on Saturday to reports of a fire at the Post Office in Town Green Road in Orwell which had spread to two adjoining buildings.

The Post Office was destroyed and an elderly man needed to be rescued by firefighters from one of the two damaged adjoining buildings.

He suffered shock but did not need hospital treatment.

Several fires were also started in hedges and trees at the village’s junction between Brookside and Town Green Road.

The fire service has confirmed the fires were deliberately started and a police investigation is underway.

A 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from the Royston area, have each been charged with three counts of arson and recklessly endangering life and two counts of criminal damage following their arrest on Saturday.

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The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been bailed to appear at Cambridge Youth Court on March 16.