Bedfordshire Police have warned young people that ‘crime doesn’t pay’ after a 14-year old boy was jailed for 12 months.
The offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 12-month Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) by Luton Youth Court on July 10 following a string of theft and robbery offences.
However, just nine days after walking away from court he was arrested for another offence in Grove Road, Luton.
His YRO was revoked the following day, meaning he was sentenced for all previous offences and sent to Secure Accommodation for 16 months.
The police have said they want youngsters to be aware that crime is dealt with extremely serious throughout the county and custodial sentences could be the outcome for those who consistently offend.
Detective Inspector Nick Bellingham of Bedfordshire Police, said: “Young people need to be aware that crime is not tolerated in Bedfordshire, especially street crime. Some think stealing phones, cash or personal items from others is not serious, but if someone hands over their property because they fear the consequences, the outcome for the offender is often custody, as this is a robbery.
“The force has already run a successful bus advert campaign which makes offenders feel less assured and our aim has always been to put the fear of crime back onto them instead of the community. Seeing pictures of local offenders publicised in this way has made them and their associates feel uncomfortable and this message goes out to youngsters as well.
“We want everyone to enjoy their summer holidays, but don’t end up ruining it by picking up a criminal record.”
If you have information about a crime of know someone who is committing crime contact Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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