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A 12-year-old boy, one of the youngest armed robbers in the UK, has been spared detention because of his age.
The schoolboy burst into a store in West Bromwich with a 12-bore sawn-off shotgun demanding cash and cigarettes, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
But staff at Your Cheap Shop kept the youngster talking until police arrived.
The boy, now 13, admitted possession of a firearm with intent and attempted robbery and was sentenced to a three-year supervision order on Thursday.