A 13-year-old boy has admitted pretending to raise funds for a boxing club while intending to pocket the money.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be fundraising for the club with a charity run in Watford, Harpenden and St Albans.

The charges relate to false representations on two dates in February and one in April this year, in which he intended to make money for himself.

He pleaded guilty to committing fraud at West and Central Herts Youth Court on December 1.

The 13-year-old also admitted stealing a pedal cycle in Watford on February 10 this year.

He was referred to a youth offender panel for three months - which will require him to attend meetings during that period.

An order was also made to deprive him of his rights to £157.16 cash.

His guilty plea was taken into account during sentencing, the court heard.