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Teenager ordered to pay compensation to shop in Shepton Mallet

A teenager who repeatedly stole from a shop in Somerset between November and December last year has appeared in court.

The 13-year-old boy appeared before South Somerset Magistrates Court, where he was ordered to pay a £249.92 compensation order to the victim – New Look in the Townsend Shopping Centre in Shepton Mallet.

The teenager admitted a total of eight offences – six theft offences and two charges of using threatening behaviour during the period between 16 November and 15 December.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a six month referral order and a compensation order for £249.92 to be paid the shop he stole from.

PC George Simpson of the Shepton Mallet Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is a very positive outcome for Shepton Mallet and will hopefully have an impact on the teenager’s behaviour in the future.

“We still require shop owners and members of the community to report any thefts and anti-social behaviour, so that positive action can be taken against the offenders.

“We know that getting to this stage has taken some significant time and we appreciate the support of the community in helping to challenge this unacceptable anti-social behaviour.”