Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charged: 'Torture' Boys Aged 10 and 11; Brothers in Dock Accused of Attempting to Murder Two Playmates

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charged: 'Torture' Boys Aged 10 and 11; Brothers in Dock Accused of Attempting to Murder Two Playmates

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT Crime Correspondent

TWO young brothers were today charged with the attempted murder of a nine-year-old boy and his 11-year-old uncle.

The pair, aged 10 and 11, are accused of attacking and torturing the boys, who were found with serious injuries in Edlington, near Doncaster, on Saturday afternoon.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that each brother would be charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of robbery.

At Doncaster youth court this afternoon the pair showed little emotion as the charges were read to them. The older boy wore a red England shirt and his brother a grey Umbro T-shirt as they stood with three security officers.

In a statement issued to police today, the parents of the injured 11-year-old boy said: "We would like to thank all the community for their help in finding our son and for all their continued and Baby P -- Doncaster has been described as "chaotic and dangerous" following the deaths of seven vulnerable young people. Although it cannot be directly blamed for the attack in Edlington, concerns have been raised over its history of "serious weaknesses" in providing care for vulnerable children. The suspects had been placed with approved foster parents living less than a mile from their father's home and apparently had severe behavioural problems. Relatives of their alleged victims have accused the authority of not placing the brothers in more secure care. Saturday's attack began when the two boys were riding their bikes. They were set upon and ordered to hand over their mobile phones, money and trainers. When they refused they were tortured before the older victim was pushed 30 feet down a steep embankment. The younger boy, covered in blood, staggered to nearby homes to get help. It has today been revealed that a week earlier, Callam Flett, an 11-year-old choirboy, who went to the same beauty spot known as Brick Ponds, was allegedly beaten by the same boys. …

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