Community cafe arsonist in court

A TEENAGER pleaded guilty to deliberately setting fire to and burgling the community caf� in Weston’s Clarence Park.

Nathan Cross, aged 18, of no fixed abode, appeared at North Somerset Courthouse and admitted to stealing food, of no fixed amount, and committing arson on Clarence Park caf�, in Walliscote Road between August 26 and August 30.

Prosecutor Gemma Kneebone told the court: “The defendant said he had been out drinking with friends, was hungry and broke into the caf�. He then used his lighter to set the place on fire to remove any evidence.”

Fire officials confirmed five fires had been set in the caf� and were put out when the flames melted a plastic water pipe which ran around the ceiling.

There was no application for bail and Cross will appear at Bristol Crown Court on September 22.

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