Mum takes son to police for one pound theft

August 17th, 2011 - 1:07 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 16 (IANS) A woman in Britain handed over her 14-year-old son to the police after watching him on CCTV stealing a chewing gum packet worth one pound (over $1.5).

The boy, from Sale town of Manchester, was dragged to the Stretford police station by his mother to confess his crime, Daily Express reported.

The teenager admitted stealing the gum from Sainsbury’s in Manchester city centre.

Prosecutor Jo Ingle told Manchester magistrates: “Several images were taken of people running out of the shop. His mum saw them and took him to Stretford police station.”

Dominic Walker, defending, said: “His mother and father were, quite frankly, disgusted.

“He’s not in trouble at school, he realises what he’s done and realises the effect it has had.”

Stating he had limited sentencing powers because the boy was under 15, District Judge Khalid Qureshi said: “I can’t send him to prison because parliament says I can’t.”

The boy pleaded guilty and was awarded a nine-month referral order besides being told to pay 85 pounds.

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