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Arrest my son plea by mum

PUBLISHED: 20:00 27 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:00 03 March 2010

THE mother of a tearaway teenager has a desperate plea for Ipswich police:

"Please arrest my son".

She says only a prison sentence will stop her son – who has been in court eight times since December – from wreaking havoc.

THE mother of a tearaway teenager has a desperate plea for Ipswich police:

"Please arrest my son".

She says only a prison sentence will stop her son – who has been in court eight times since December – from wreaking havoc.

Her son – who has been in court eight times this year – is a one-boy crime spree with offences ranging from criminal damage to joy riding.

She said: "People blame the parents. But what can I do? I have given up counting the number of times I have called police, hoping they will arrest my son."

The 33-year-old, who moved from London to Suffolk in a bid to keep her son out of trouble, feels let down by social services.

"We came here because we thought it would be quieter than north London and a place here my son would keep out of trouble. But I couldn't have been more wrong."

According to the end-of-her-tether mother, who can't be named for fear of identifying her juvenile son, the streets of Tottenham are nothing compared to the Chantry estate.

"This is ten times worse," she said.

She is now thinking of sending the tearaway to stay with an aunt in Norfolk, hoping country living will clean up his act.

His mother said, "The police ignore me and so do the social services. Sending him away is my only hope."

The woman is on a 12-week parenting order, requiring her to attend weekly sessions in Nacton.

Meanwhile her son is under a curfew, obliged to report to the police station daily and an order to stay away from other troublemakers on the estate.

She said: "I have called the police when I know he is breaking his curfew. It may sound harsh but if arresting him and sending him to some sort of youth prison is the only way, then that's what I would like to happen."

The woman has seven children in all. As well as the 15-year-old she has children aged 14, 11, 9, 7, 5 and eight months.

"The eldest is the only one that has given me any trouble and, to be fair, he's a brilliant kid when he's on his own, it's just that he's fallen in with a bad crowd. The rest of my children are fine, they are good kids."

A police spokesman said proceedings against the youth were already underway.

He said: "Because of this we are unable to comment." The youth is due to appear before magistrates next week .


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