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Two teenage boys charged in connection with a fire at a block of flats in Watford

The boys, aged 13 and 14, who are both from the Watford but cannot be named for legal reasons due to their age.

The boys have been charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

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Fire Rescue on scene continue to check for source of the cause. [photo by WatfordMedia]

The fire caused hundreds to be evacuated from the tall high rise tower block in Garmouths Way on the Meriden estate. Extensive damaged was caused and 5 properties were left inhabitable.

They have appeared before a remand court yesterday (Wednesday 13 July) where they were released on conditional bail.

They are next due to appear before the courts on Wednesday 27 July.

Detective Inspector Chris Parperi, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “We appreciate that this incident has, understandably, caused a great deal of concern among the local community and officers remain in the area to provide reassurance.

“This was a fast-moving investigation which has now seen two teenagers charged and the case will progress through the courts.

“If you have any information about what happened and haven’t yet spoken to police, we’d urge you to please do so.”

You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/55588/22.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in a new window).  

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