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By Julian Robinson | MailOnline

Thomas Coyne wins ruling after being banned from becoming a Boy Scout

Autistic 11-year-old had spent four years with younger Beavers and Cubs

But parents left ‘shocked’ after being told be would not be allowed to move into Scouts

Claim they were told their son posed a ‘significant health and safety risk’

Case was settled before it went to county county and the child has been awarded £5,000 in compensation

Scout Association vows ‘to take on board any lessons learned in this case’

A schoolboy who was banned from becoming a Boy Scout has won a landmark legal ruling against the group.

Clare and Barry Coyne were left devastated when their autistic son Thomas,11, was refused admission to the Scouts after four years in the younger Beaver and Cubs group.

Now after a legal battle against leaders of the 36th Sheffield Scouts Thomas has won £5,000 in compensation – and his parents hope to raise awareness to stop other youngsters suffering the same problem.

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