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Crime spree of Bacup boy drug addict
2:00pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
A SCHOOLBOY cannabis addict has reduced his habit from six joints a day to three, a youth court heard.
The Bacup youngster used the drug to ‘self-medicate’ after being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Burnley magistrates were told.
The 14-year-old had been on a crime spree to fund his drugs problem — which he has lived with since he was 12.
He stole various items from shops in Bacup, including dishwasher tablets worth £66 and gammon joints and washing gel worth £37.
At one point, he struck on two consecutive days and he told police he had had no intention of paying for any of the stolen haul, the court heard.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was already on a referral order for burglary and was warned by the magistrates if he flouted the law again, he would be facing “something much more serious”
He admitted four thefts, on August 15, 16 and in June, and magistrates extended the referral order by eight months to 12 months.
The boy’s mother must pay £70.95 compensation and the justices told him he should look for a Saturday job or wash cars to pay her back.
Sue Robinson, defending, said he had been honest and upfront with police about why he committed the offences.
He had had a significant cannabis habit since the age of 12, as a result of hanging around with others of a similar age who smoked the drug.
One of the reasons he used it was to self-medicate.
He had been recently diagnosed with ADHD. He would get angry and use cannabis to calm his anger and chill.
She added: “He used it to ease the symptoms of ADHD.”
Miss Robinson said the boy had been prescribed medication by his doctor to wean him off cannabis.
She added: “He tells me he has managed to significantly cut down his cannabis intake. He has cut down from six joints a day to three and some days he doesn’t smoke cannabis at all.”