Boy in court over blaze that killed OAPs

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A 15-year-old boy will appear in court today charged with the manslaughter of an elderly couple who died after a blaze at a sheltered housing complex.

The teenager, who is due before magistrates in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was charged last night with killing Kath and Albert Adams.

The boy was arrested last Tuesday, a day after the second of two separate fires which broke out near mobility scooters in Harold Cox Place, Rugby.

Mr and Mrs Adams, both 77, died after the initial blaze, which broke out in the early hours of Saturday February 27.

The police spokesman said the 15-year-old, from Rugby, had been charged with manslaughter, arson with intent to endanger life, and arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the family of Mr and Mrs Adams paid tribute to them as the rock that united their extended family.

The statement, issued by police, read: "Kath and Albert were a lot of things to a lot of people - parents, grandparents, brother, sister, friends.

"Their tragic deaths have left a massive hole in our lives - that pain will never truly fade."