Jubilee flag teen thief from Gloucester made to work to say sorry
A teenager who stole a union flag during the jubilee celebrations has been put to work.
The 15-year-old Gloucester boy removed the union flag, worth £10, from Brambles sensory garden in Scott Avenue in Podsmead on Sunday June 3.
After being captured on CCTV near the area, the young thief was recognised by a local officer and visited.
He made a full admission of the crime and agreed to send a letter of apology to the victim, return the flag and do two hours of unpaid gardening work in the area.
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Local PC Fraser Mackie said: “This was the best outcome for the victim and the boy, who has certainly been through a more chastening experience than getting a caution or final warning.
“A key thing is that he remains very much on our rader and I will be talking to him again shortly when the gardening work he has to do is decided.
“I’ll be looking to get him to work with other members of the community in the hope we can build bridges and change his behaviour in the long term.”