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Evening Standards Dispossessed Fund has transformed the life of a youth who was jailed for looting during the London riots.

Date: (2 May 2012)    |    

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Peter Bint, 20, has started writing for Limelight, a magazine which was given £5,000 by the fund to help teach job skills to the young and unemployed

Since its launch in 2010, the Dispossessed Fund has raised more than £8.3?million to support charities and initiatives that work with excluded or disadvantaged individuals.

Mr Bint admitted that he was doing nothing but getting into trouble before getting involved with Limelight. He said he was jailed in August for six months for looting Cash Converters in Croydon.

Adeline Iziren, editorial director of Limelight publisher Rise Media, said that they were really grateful for the money the Evening Standard had raised. It has helped them to reach out to more unemployed youths and also have expanded their team of carers.

Mr Bint said that he was one of several youths who were involved in the magazine and that his experience with Limelight had given him a sense of direction.

He added that being in prison was not a pleasant experience and that he never wanted to go there again.

Bint said Limelight had got him off the streets and gave him an opportunity to do something with his life which would not have been possible without the money from the Dispossessed Fund.

He admitted his involvement in the riots in Croydon town center on August 8 but later he handed himself to the police he was sentenced for three months for burglary.

In his brief stint at the magazine he had interviewed X Factor winner Matt Cardle and Croydon MP Gavin Barwell, as well as footballers from his favourite team, Crystal Palace.