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COUNTY APPEALS AGAINST PICKING UP TEARAWAY'S VICTIM COMPENSATION

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A young tearaway in care has cost taxpayers£15,000 after Bedfordshire CC was ordered to pay compensation to all hi...
A young tearaway in care has cost taxpayers £15,000 after Bedfordshire CC was ordered to pay compensation to all his victims, Bedfordshire on Sunday reported.

The 15-year-old under the county's care was placed in a residential home in the West Country. When he returned on home leave to Bedfordshire he lived a 'criminal life'. This did not stop when he was returned to live with his father.

The county council claims his criminal activities were unknown to them until he was arrested by police. At a youth court hearing in Luton the council was ordered to pay compensation totalling £15,000 to his victims.

The county is appealing against the compensation order. A spokesman said: 'We have every sympathy for victims, but we consider it quite unreasonable for the county council to be held responsible for them.'

Cllr Adrian Heffernan said there was a lack of secure accommodation in Bedfordshire, but added:

'Until a juvenile is remanded into the care of a local authority this problem will continue. Secure accommodation is not the only answer. There are tried and tested methods that work.'

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