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    Gang of racketeering youths dismantled in Liege


    Police put an end to the activities of 13 young racketeers active in schools in Liege, said a press release from the local Liege police force on Monday. The gang bullied pupils and extorted money or stole belongings.  Some of them have already been placed in IPPJs (public institutions for the youth protection). The allegations date back to the beginning of 2015, in at least 3 schools in Liege. The youngest of the suspects was aged 14 at the time.

    Police managed to dismantle the gang in less than a month thanks to information from neighbourhood patrol officers, constables, judicial police, and the family public prosecutor. Identifying the suspects allowed the police force to search their homes at the end of March and beginning of April. Investigators found “stolen goods, or goods bought with stolen money,” pointed out the police. These were mostly mobile phone, tablets, and fashion accessories.

    2 gang members were sent to IPPJs by the Liege courts. This is the strictest sentence available to the children’s court, when dealing with such offenses perpetrated by minors.

    Liege police forces focus on racket prevention in schools throughout the year.

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)