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Duo caught after school.

TWO schoolboys are led away in handcuffs to be quizzed about shoplifting. Both have pulled the hoods of their anoraks over their faces to hide their shame.

The youngsters, both aged 14, were arrested at Boots in New Street, Birmingham. They had gone straight into the city centre after leaving school for the day.

The boys were seen on video acting suspiciously. Security staff followed them out of the store and confronted them. Pens worth pounds 27 - still in bubble packs - have been recovered.

Later, the boys sat sullenly in a secure area inside Boots as they waited for police to arrive. They were then taken to Digbeth police station, where, under questioning, they blamed each other for the theft.

This means they could not be cautioned because, in order for this course of action to be taken, suspects have to admit their guilt.

So, the boys have both been released on bail while police make further inquries.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 22, 1998
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