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Teenager set fire to van after argument with ex-partner

A teenager set fire to a van following an argument with his ex-partner.

Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service colleagues were called to the blaze in Rufford Avenue, Meden Vale, at around 2pm on Saturday 9 April.

Firefighters put the blaze out and no injuries were reported.

Regan Harris was arrested and charged with arson and threatening to damage or destroy property after officers were shown a string of threatening Snapchat messages sent from his mobile phone.

His DNA was also found at the scene of the fire.

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The 18-year-old appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 11 April and pleaded guilty to arson and threatening to damage property.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on 16 May 2022.

Detective Sergeant Matt Dumbrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Arson can have catastrophic consequences which is why we treat incidents like this with such seriousness.

“Thankfully the incident was quickly contained after fire service colleagues swiftly responded and put the fire out.

“I am pleased Harris has pleaded guilty and hope he now reflects on the seriousness of these offences while awaiting sentencing.”

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