Seventeen-year-old accused of two counts of arson also blackmailed a school for thousands of pounds, says prosecution

A 17-year-old boy accused of throwing an incendiary device on to a motorway, causing a major shutdown, has also been accused of blackmailing a school for thousands of pounds, a court has heard.

The teenager, from Winchester, appeared at Basingstoke youth court accused of two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two of causing danger to road users in relation to incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September.

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