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Clegg: Criminals must 'face the consequences'

An 11-year-old has been given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order for stealing a bin during the recent riots.

The boy, from Romford in east London, is the youngest rioter in London to face prosecution, according to police.

He committed the offence just five days after being given a referral order for arson and criminal damage in an unrelated incident.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, refused to be drawn on the case during a visit to Tottenham, saying "the worst thing would be if politicians are second guessing the judges", but added "if you break the laws... you've got to face the consequences".

  • 31 Aug 2011
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