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11-Year-Old Rioter Sentenced
August 31, 2011
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In a story that sounds like it's straight out of Dickens, the youngest of the London looters has been handed an 18-month rehabilitation order for stealing a trash can from a department store.

After rioters smashed in the window of a Debenhams retail location in northeast London, a police officer spotted the boy reaching into the display and taking the bin.

The 11-year-old, however, wasn't being sentenced solely because he made off with the £50 (CAN$80) trash can; his moment of petty thievery came five days after being given a referral order for arson, among other charges.

The district judge presiding over the case told the boy: "You need to understand very clearly that you can't get away with committing offences of this nature."

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