....The youths were given the chance to explain their actions in the meeting, which was set up by local neighbourhood officers PCs Mark Hyde and Matt Lunney.

Mr Gabbett told the gang that the roof could have collapsed on them as they climbed on it, and that they were putting their lives at risk by driving around on forklift trucks without qualifications.

At one point they came close to crashing a truck into a pillar supporting the roof.

Mr Bickley also explained the financial implications of their actions on the company and its 45 employees.

He said: “These actions caused more than £2,000-worth of damage to a local business which in these hard times is very difficult to come to terms with.”

Following the meeting the youths agreed to do unpaid volunteers work in the factory grounds to make amends for their actions.

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