Two teenagers who tortured seven toads to death with a blow-torch were both sent to a young offenders' institution for four months.
The youths, aged 16 and 18, took the toads from the wild and kept them in a bucket for several hours before burning them with the blow-torch.
Earlier this month a teenage cafe owner was fined pounds 2,000 in Blackburn, Lancs, after causing an explosion while lighting his pipe with a blow-torch
Early reports suggest the fire may have been started by a blow-torch
He watched in horror as flames from his blow-torch
fanned along the terrace of wood-built former coastguard cottages at Canvey Island, Essex, causing damage totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.