A JUDGE praised a young offender for his work in the artistic arena including his work rapping on YourThurrock.
The 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reason was at Grays Youth Court after failing to attend meetings as laid down by his supervision order.
The court heard how much work the young man had been undertaking including liaising with the Youth and Connexions Service, appearing at the Livewire Concert at the Thameside Theatre earlier this year as well as performing and being interviewed by YourThurrock.
Judge David Cooper was deeply impressed by the young mans commitment and was sympathetic to his reasons for missing the meetings.
Another 17-year-old pled guilty to possession of cannabis. In mitigation, his lawyer pointed out that he was working hard on music and dance and was hoping to be involved in an up-coming Slam Night in Grays.
Judge Cooper also praised him and implored him to continue to be creative and so move away from criminality.