Britain’s naughtiest schoolboy admits behaviour was ‘awful’ after avoiding jail

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A teenager once dubbed Britain's naughtiest schoolboy has branded his behaviour as "awful" after avoiding a jail sentence.

Tom Roberts got the name in 2014 after appearing on the Channel 4 show Mr Drew’s School For Boys.

Now 19 he has told the Liverpool Echo how his close brush with jail time for GBH had given him a wake-up call.

The show reported on him having behavioural problems since he was just 16 months old – and how he would even try to climb out of his cot and out of windows.

Tom said: "Back in 2014 I did a TV series called Mr Drew's School for Boys where, on that TV show, my behaviour was awful.

"I was always fighting, I was always getting in trouble and all that."

A brush with potential jail time served as a reality check to the 19-year-old when he faced grievous bodily harm charges.

He said: "I went to Crown Court in December for GBH (grievous bodily harm), after that my brother came and got me and it all started from there."

Tom's brother Carl Roberts launched a programme with his company TAG International that has helped Tom to turn his life around.

The 19-year-old said: "For the last three months I've been on a programme called the Start Taking Control course and it just blew me away.

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"It just changed everything for me, previously I'd tried everything and nothing really changed.

"This course that I did with TAG International, my brother's company, it just completely transformed my mindset."

Although Tom was offered a variety of different support methods, nothing had worked for him until now.

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He attributed his bad behaviour to a "lack of being understood" and "no effective support."

He believed that those offering him support didn't actually care about the task at hand and instead were doing it in order to get paid.

Tom said: "It was just people's jobs, they didn't really care."

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But with his transformation, Tom insists that others like him can be helped.

He said: "I know a lot of people are stuck in my position.

"With especially the city of Liverpool, the gang activity, the Wirral as well, it is at an all time high.

"I feel like TAG International can transform my generation."

TAG International offer free support to help those suffering with behaviour issues like Tom was.

They have a Snapchat, Youtube and Instagram where more information can be found on their support options.

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