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YOUNG OFFENDER PAID£60 TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE REOFFENDS

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A boy whose parents were paid£60 a week in a bid to lead him away from crime was back in court, the Daily Telegrap...
A boy whose parents were paid £60 a week in a bid to lead him away from crime was back in court, the Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday (p1).

Gloucestershire social services paid the money to enable the 13-year-old to improve the bond with his father.

But the money was stopped last week because the boy had allegedly re-offended five months into the six month trial period.

And on Friday a family court ordered that the boy, whose offences include robbery, burglary, theft and taking cars, should be placed in council care in a secure children's unit.

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire said it cost the department fees of more than £2,000 a week to keep the boy remanded to a secure unit and social services director Deryk Mead said the reform of persistent offenders was one of the most difficult challenges faced by his department, the paper reports.
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