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  11-year-old car thief punished
Updated 07 May 2002, 18.15
The boy can't be identified
An eleven-year-old boy labelled Britain's worst car thief has been sentenced to a three year supervision order.

The boy, nicknamed the "one-boy crimewave", has admitted carrying out more than 20 car crimes, but the police suspect him of many more.

He's been to court 155 times.

If he'd been just three days older and had reached his twelfth birthday he would have been put behind bars.

Even though the boy can't be identified he's filled the newspapers with his antics.

Too small to reach pedals

Car theft
He's even been caught driving a van at 70mph, and could only reach the pedals by sitting on a headrest.

Every year over three hundred thousand cars are stolen. Many of them are taken by kids - not old enough to hold a driving licence and too young to be locked up.

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