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SCHOOL TRIP TO PRISON ENDS IN FIGHT OUTSIDE; Bid to teach pupils how to avoid a life of crime fails.


A SCHOOL trip to a Liverpool jail that was meant to teach children how to avoid a life of crime ended with one of them in court on an assault charge.

Pupils started fighting outside Altcourse prison in Fazakerley and a boy of 14 was punched in the face.

The well-intentioned trip went quickly wrong when youngsters started to scrap in the car park outside.

Latest news more it www.liverpoolecho.echolive A sudden prison 'lockdown' last October led to the youths having to remain in the chapel for 90 minutes while the premises was put on high alert.

But it sent the children into 'meltdown', a youth court in Llandudno, north Wales, heard, with one boy, 15, punching another, 14, leaving him concussed, bleeding, and with an 'egg-sized' lump on his head.

Some teens started verbally abusing staff in the chapel before the fracas erupted in the prison car park.

Prosecutor Julie Hughes said pupils with behavioural problems were taken to the jail after a constable from north Wales suggested the idea.

Prosecutor Julie Hughes said: "The 15-year-old appeared from a minibus and shouted to the boy that he deserved a punch.

and... as happens "A support worker tried to protect the victim but a blow connected very forcefully with the boy's face."

A boy of 15 admitted the assault and got nine months youth rehabilitation.

Defence solicitor Andrew Hutchinson said: "Some staff were sickened by what they saw happening to the victim."

Miss Hughes added: "They will think twice before volunteering to take the defendant on any form of school trip in the future."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2015
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