Boy (11) stole days after riot sentencing
An 11-year-old boy stole from a department store during London's riots just days after he had been sentenced for arson and criminal damage, a court heard yesterday.
The boy -- the youngest prosecuted in the capital so far over the riots -- admitted taking a bin less than a week after being punished for trying to start a fire on a bus.
The case came as details of an independent investigation into the causes of the rioting were announced yesterday.
The 11-year-old, who cannot be named, was handed an 18-month youth rehabilitation order at Havering Magistrates' Court in Essex and was told that his local authority would dictate where he lived for the next six months.
The court heard the boy, from Romford, Essex, stole a bin worth £50 (€56) from Debenhams in the town on August 8 after the windows of the store were smashed by looters.
He was already under a referral order, put in place on August 3 for an incident on July 18 when he cut the seats of a bus with a craft knife and tried to set fire to the exposed foam.
Children's charity Barnardos criticised the courts for punishing children of this age for "minor offences".
Meanwhile, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that Darra Singh, a former chief executive of London borough Ealing, was to lead the independent probe into the riots. The panel will deliver early findings by November and present a final report by March 2012.