A 17-year-old boy charged with making explosives and committing arson has been given a 12-month referral order.

He was arrested and “potentially hazardous substances” were found at a house fire in Glanton, Northumberland, on 5 March.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at North Tyneside Court.

Referral orders are community orders aimed at reparation and addressing the cause of behaviour.