The crazy claims culture grows.

A prisoner serving a life sentence for kidnap and torture has won a £100,000 payout from Bolton Council for neglect.

Marvin Pomfret claimed that Bolton Council failed to arrest his descent into delinquency.

Pomfret grew up in Bolton and was a well-known tearaway by the age of 14. A psychologist concluded that Pomfret's behaviour could have been averted with specialist help.

Pomfret's solicitors said that if Bolton Council had accepted advice about his needs for specialist help, it would have saved a lot of trouble for everyone.

Bolton Council said the case had been settled out of court because of mounting legal costs.

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