The 17-year-old appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates Court on Monday charged with criminal damage and arson at an elderly mans allotment in River Road. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and another 16-year-old, smashed up the victims garden shed, destroyed his plants and set fire to his shed between May, 1 and 2. Forensics led officers to the 17 year old, who pleaded guilty to the criminal damage. He was sentenced to a restraining order for 12 months which covers the area of the allotments and the surrounding vicinity including the local skate park. He was also given a youth referral order for nine months, 15 hours reparation and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim. The other boy was issued with a final warning. PC Amanda Foreman said: This boy was completely reckless in his actions and didnt give a second thought to how much damage he was causing. This is a good result and hopefully will send out a clear message to others.