Boy aged 11 is youngest at riot court
Published 10/08/2011 | 16:36
An 11-year-old boy was among scores of rioters and looters to appear before magistrates today.
The boy, from Romford, Essex, 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.
Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, in north London, sat throughout last night to deal with cases, and is likely to again tonight.
Defendants ranged in age, from different parts of London, but the boy stood out as the youngest defendant to appear in Highbury today.
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.