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An 11-year-old boy from Romford was the youngest among scores of rioters and looters to appear before magistrates today (Wednesday).

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The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Highbury Corner Youth Court where he admitted being part of a gang of youths who looted the town’s Debenhams store on Monday night.

His appearance came as court staff ploughed through the massive influx of cases from recent riots in London.

Defendants ranged in age, from different parts of London - but the Romford lad was the youngest.

Wearing a blue Adidas tracksuit, the youngster spoke only to confirm his name, age and date of birth.

He pleaded guilty to burglary, after stealing a waste bin worth £50 from Debenhams.

A charge of violent disorder was dropped.

During the brief hearing the court heard the boy has already been given a referral order after being convicted of a separate offence just last week. Prosecutor Steven Davis told the court: “This was 10.30pm on Monday evening with a background of serious violence in Romford.

“Police saw a group of 20-30 youths who were approaching large stores, breaking windows and looting.

“They saw Debenhams had had its windows broken and they saw (the boy) approach the window that had been smashed, lean in, take a waste bin and run off with it.”

He said when police stopped the boy, he said: “I was just taking it to pass on to somebody else.”

The damage to the windows was £6,000 but it is not alleged the boy broke them.

Defending the 11-year-old, Vicky Thompson said he was given a referral order after being convicted last Wednesday, but it had not even begun yet.

She asked for a pre-sentence report to be carried out before the boy is sentenced.

The boy’s case was adjourned until August 31 at Havering Youth Court.

Miss Thompson asked that his mother requested that “in the light of everything that is going on” a condition of his bail should be that he is not allowed to leave his home unaccompanied.

“She wants to keep him safe and not allow him to get caught up in this,” she said.

District Judge James Henderson granted bail, with what he said are “very restricted conditions”, which includes 12-hour curfew.

The boy’s mother shouted and swore at some members of the gathered media as she left the court, and could later be seen shouting at the boy.

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8 comments

  • MENT TO SAY HUMAN RIGHTS DO AWAY WITH IT NOW.AND MAKE OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM BETTER MORE POWER.

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    gemima22

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

  • Why was this boy at that age in Romford at this time of night in the first place - Parents need to be made responsible for their children, I am sure if they were to be fined where it hit their pockets they would soon put boundaries into place. Even on benefits let then still be fined.

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    Mo H

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • Name and shame

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    Stella

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

  • TOO YOUNG TO BE NAMED, SHAMED AND PUNISHED? NO PROBLEM, PUT THE PARENTS IN THE DOCK, NAME SHAME AND PUNISH THEM. IF IT IS GOOD ENOUGH TO JAIL PARENTS WHO CANNOT ENSURE THEIR DARLING OFFSPRING GET TO SCHOOL, IT'S THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. I AM AT A LOSS TO TRY AND IMAGINE WHAT THESE PARENTS THINK THEIR YOUNGSTERS ARE DOING WHEN THEY ARE NOT AT HOME LATE AT NIGHT. THE OLD CHESTNUT , (ATTEMPTED USE BY MY OWN SONS), OF ''SLEEPING OVER'' AT A PALS, IS EASILY CONFIRMED BY A DISCREET NETWORK OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND THE USE OF A TELEPHONE. PLEASE PLEASE CHERISH YOUR CHILDREN AND KNOW WHERE THEY ARE, AND THAT THEY ARE SAFE.

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    SUSIEPIES

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

  • I think the parents should be completely ashamed of them self. Why is a boy of his age out in frontier that late at bight alone anyway but let alone with all the trouble going on. We have lost all control of this country give the police and legal service more rites to b a lot tougher and then see what happens. I can honestly say I am ashamed to be British.

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    Gemj18

    Friday, August 12, 2011

  • If the boy thought he was big enough to do this, then he is big enough to face the consequences!

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    BarkingGal93

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

  • why cant he be named if he felt old enough to loot hes old enough for his name to be told.there foosy footying again too soft and what will he gt?a caustion,pat on the hand oh be a good boy.im ashamed to be ENGLISH NOT PROUD.WAKE UP ENGLAND CHANGE THE LAWS DO AWAY WITH HUMAN RIGHE SYSTEM.TS.CHANGE OUR JUSTIC

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    gemima22

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

  • 42 years ago I was the same age as this lad, going up to Romford was a treat with my parents, the old market and shops with the bustling crowds....something has seriously gone wrong with Britain, between that time and now.....Cr@p parents and successive cr@p liberal minded, self serving governments plus hoards of unwelcome 3rd world ghetto gangsters.

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    nrg

    Friday, August 12, 2011

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