Boy in court despite pounds 60 weekly payout

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A TEENAGER whose parents were given pounds 60-a-week pocket money from social services to help keep him out of trouble ended up back in court yesterday.

The cash, paid to his father for six months, went on treats including trips to the zoo, cinema and seaside and the loan of a new mountain bike.

But the 14-year-old, who has been arrested almost 40 times in the last two years, was back before Cheltenham magistrates yesterday, where he admitted burglary and assault. His case was adjourned until next Friday.

Gloucestershire social services said the money had been given to help to improve the 'bond' between the boy and his father.