Store gives teenage vandal a chance to clean up his act

CLEAN START ... a teenage offender has been litter-picking under the guidance of Asda Boldon security worker Helen Richardson and store manager Graham Wiberg after causing damage at the store.

CLEAN START ... a teenage offender has been litter-picking under the guidance of Asda Boldon security worker Helen Richardson and store manager Graham Wiberg after causing damage at the store.

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A TEENAGER who caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a supermarket in South Tyneside has been given a chance to clean up his act- thanks to a forward-thinking partnership between store staff and police.

Asda Boldon was left with a £700 bill after the 13-year-old jumped on to the store’s trolley bay roof – but they agreed the youngster could pay back for his crimes by offering his services as a litter picker.

Police spoke to the culprit but, rather than charge him and put him through the youth courts – with the possibility of a criminal conviction – they asked the supermarket if they could help find an alternative way to help him mend his ways.

 

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