Six teenagers accused of setting a fire that closed the M1 and caused £4.5m damage last April, did not start the blaze, a jury has found. But they were convicted with three others of taking part in a spate of arson attacks across Barnet, north London.
Luke Matthews, 18, of Hatfield, Johno Johnson, 18, of Edgware, and a 17-year-old boy all admitted four counts of conspiracy to commit arson. Jurors found Damien McQueen, 18, of Edgware, Hannah Parker, 18, of Edgware, a 15-year-old boy and Juan Durandt, 18, of Edgware, guilty of two counts each of conspiracy to commit arson. A 16-year-old boy from Edgware was also found guilty of one count. Josh Lambe, 18, of Edgware, previously admitted one count of the same charge. They will be sentenced in May.Reuse content