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Youth workers failed victim intimidated by Ravel Morrison

INTIMIDATION: Ravel Morrison contacted the victim before he was to give evidence (PA)

A MUGGING victim who was intimidated by a former Manchester United player was let down by council youth workers, a watchdog has revealed.

Manchester’s Trafford Youth Offending Team (YOT) caused footballer Ravel Morrison’s victim, known as T, "distress and anxiety" after a series of errors in the restorative justice process, according a joint ruling from two government ombudsmen.

In 2011, the West Ham United midfielder was convicted along with two other teenagers for witness intimidation, after contacting the victim before he was set to provide evidence in the court trial of two youngsters who were robbed at knife-point.

Morrison was ordered to pay £1,445 in costs and compensation to the victim and was given a 12-month referral order.

T - now aged 20 - "was a victim twice, once from the crime against him and once from the poor service the YOT gave him", the report said.

Trafford council – who run YOT - was found guilty of maladministration for several breaches of the victims’ code and the local government and parliamentary ombudsmen have demanded that the council pay £2,500 to the victim and make an apology to him and his family.

The council has accepted the report and offers "an unreserved apology" to T and his family.

“We will now consider the contents of the ombudsman report in detail and will report within three months on further corrective action,” the statement read.

“The standard of service generally provided by the YOT is extremely high.”

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