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Flint teenager burgled four houses to pay off drugs debt

A TEENAGER who had never been in any trouble before was responsible for a spate of four house burglaries in Flint – because he was desperate to pay off a drugs debt.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had family difficulties and turned to cannabis, magistrates heard.

But he was threatened over his debt to his dealer and resorted to burglary. One of them occurred at night while the occupant was asleep.

The burglaries had a significant effect on all the victims, which included a widow in her 70s.

The boy admitted four burglaries when he appeared before a youth court at Mold yesterday (Wednesday). He was warned he could be given a custodial sentence.

Fiona Larking, defending, said the boy had no previous convictions and had been in ‘a very bad place’ because of problems at home.

He had started staying out late, mixing with the wrong people and taking drugs, she added.

He had then come under pressure because of a cannabis debt and in panic had committed the burglaries.

Miss Larkin said the youth was ashamed of the trouble he had caused and was also concerned for his family as since the offences threats had been made and the windows had been smashed at his home.

The defendant told magistrates: “I was just scared. I am really sorry for what I have done.”