Boy thief in 'holiday' row flees

A TEENAGE car thief at the centre of a controversial 11- week educational 'holiday' in Portugal has run away from the community centre where he was placed.

The 15-year-old boy is in the care of Shropshire County Council, who yesterday confirmed he had gone missing from the Bryn Melyn centre near Bala, North Wales.

On Monday, following criticism about the stay in Portugal which cost pounds 1,800 a week - about pounds 20,000 in all - the council's social services committee reaffirmed its policy of placing problem youngsters outside the county.

Shropshire social services said the boy absconded after his social worker for the past three months went on leave.

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