Teens made to scrub cop vans with toothbrushes after they’re caught throwing mud

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Two teenagers were told to clean up their act and a police van after they chucked mud at it.

The balaclava-wearing 16-year-olds tried to leg it after throwing mud at the passing cop van on February 21, but they were caught.

The Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, in County Durham, decided to punish the troublemakers by getting them to spend Thursday afternoon, February 25, scrubbing police vehicles.

Inspector Emma Kay, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Police Team, said the boys' parents were "very supportive" and gave them toothbrushes to make sure every vehicle was "gleaming".

She added: "The consequences of throwing things at moving vehicles can be far more serious than these two realise, which I’m sure they’ve had time to consider while washing the cars.

“This is an opportunity not only for the two young offenders to take ownership of their actions, but also for our officers to engage with them and steer them in a more productive direction.

“The parents have been very supportive of this decision and are grateful that their boys are willing to think twice before heading down a criminal route."

Police revealed the unusual punishment in a post on Facebook.

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It now has more than 600 likes and 110 comments from people who were quick to praise the cops and the supportive parents.

Rachel Fenton commented: "Awesome! Perfect punishment, I really hope these boys are changed from their experience."

Julie Swallow wrote: "That's great news. They might think twice about throwing things at vehicles."

And Shirley Unsworth wrote: "Well done to the police and the parents!"

Earlier this month, a wanted man handed himself in to police rather than spend any more time with the people he was living with during lockdown.

The suspect surrendered to Sussex Police officers because he wanted some "peace and quiet".

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Reports say the unidentified man hauled himself off to Burgess Hill police station to face the music.

Inspector Darren Taylor tweeted: "Peace and quiet! Wanted male handed himself in to the team yesterday afternoon after informing us he would rather go back to prison than have to spend more time with the people he was living with!

"One in custody and heading back to prison to serve some further time on his own."

The force did not clarify what crime he was suspected of committing.

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