Teen tearaway blew his chance

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A teenage tearaway given a last chance to behave and stay out of youth custody broke the law only hours after leaving court.

The 15-year-old Fleetwood boy, who can not be identified for legal reasons, failed to keep his curfew and stayed out all night.

He has an ‘I’ll do what I want to do’ attitude

He had been sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order for a catalogue of crimes but his exasperated grandfather today told a judge: “He has an ‘I’ll do what I want to do’ attitude.”

The boy, who pleaded guilty to breaching the rehabilitation order, was sentenced to four months’ youth custody in the form of a detention and training order by District Judge Jane Goodwin sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court,

The judge told the boy: “Your record shows you appear to give no thought to any court order. I do not believe you when you say you would comply.”

The judge was told that on April 7 the boy was sentenced to a 12-month rehabilitation order with intense supervision and surveillance, 91 days of activity and two months’ curfew from 8pm to 6am.

The sentence was imposed for offences of breaching his Anti Social Behaviour Order, possessing a blade in public, resisting arrest, being carried in a car taken without consent and fraud.

The same day as he was sentenced he failed to keep his curfew and also breached it on the three following days.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said: “There was an incident where he and another boy were stabbed. He tells me he was scared to go to school and to some of his Youth Offending Team appointments because of that.”

The boy’s grandfather said his grandson had promised he would stop drinking alcohol and going out with the friends, but he had not.

After being sentenced to the rehabilitation order his grandson had left court, stayed out all night, and not been seen the next day.