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Solihull mother praised for handing thief son to police

A mother from Solihull who handed her son in to officers after suspecting him of robbing a 10-year-old boy has been praised by police.

The woman, from Kingshurst, saw a police appeal after the theft in March in which a youngster was shoved to the floor and his mobile phone stolen.

The appeal featured a description of the offender which the parent believed matched her 13-year-old son.

After searching his bedroom she uncovered the stolen Vodaphone handset.

Investigating officer PC Chris Burt, said: "It was a very responsible piece of parenting.

"I don't doubt it was a hard call for a mother to make but she made the right decision.

'Social media channels'

"Our youth offending team can now work with the teenager and help him address any issues which may have triggered his actions.

"It's important that the police and our partner agencies try to nip poor behaviour in the bud at an early age to help prevent further, perhaps more serious offending, down the line."

The 13-year-old is currently on police bail pending a decision by the Youth Offending Team on the best course of action.

PC Burt added: "Our appeal was distributed through the local press and also via the police's website and network of social media channels."

Two other teenagers who were with the offender at the time of the incident have also been spoken to by officers but no official action has been taken against them.

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