Teen ‘out of control’

AN ASBO teenager has been dubbed “out of control” by a judge after he stole £30,000 worth of lead – off the roofs of Bridlington School, the hospital and Priory Church.

The teen boasted of a gangster lifestyle and told police he committed crime for “birds and booze.”

However, the Judge has ruled Bridlington Free Press readers should not know his name – despite him turning 18.

The same judge has also banned the reporting of the identity of the people who paid him with drugs, to avoid inflaming community tension in the town.

When he appeared in court last week to appeal against a 12-month sentence, the judge ruled it should be reduced to 10 months.

The hoodie-wearing teen, who was 17 when he committed the offences, was part of a gang of three teenagers who were stealing lead to order from the roof of Bridlington School.

Addicted to drugs and alcohol, he admitted a massive 21 lead theft offences between March and December 2010, a mini-crime wave.

The buildings he attacked regularly included Bridlington School and Bridlington Hospital on Bessingby Road, and Priory Church in Old Town.

In an effort not to be caught, his gang smashed CCTV cameras or cut the wires.

He also targeted ordinary residential homes in Bridlington.

Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told him: “There is no doubt you appear to be addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“From what I have read of you, you are out of control. You have learnt very little during your adolescence other than criminality.”

Hull Crown Court heard last Thursday the teenager committed the raids in exchange for drugs and alcohol being plied by a gang of Bridlington people in a Fagin style role.

They took the lead he stole for free, giving him drugs in return, and they then sold it on to scrap metal dealers to profit from the huge rise in prices.

Crown barrister Claire Reed said his last raid was with four others on Bridlington School, which caused £5,000 worth of damage and involved destroying CCTV cameras.

She said their haul on September 26, was so heavy they could not lift it away in a bin.

The teen initially walked away but then turned and ran at his arresting police officer, kicking him and the punching him in the face with his fist.

Four days earlier he was in court after going up to police gesturing with his fingers and saying: “Bang! Bang!”

The court heard he pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting a police officer, theft, and criminal damage – breaching the ASBO he received at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 12 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution by Bridlington Magistrates.

He appeared at court last Thursday to appeal against his sentence.

He had two black eyes, stitches in his lip and broken cheek bone after he claimed he was “snaked” (approached from behind) by two older youths in the detention centre laundry.

The court heard he had been indulged by the youth offending courts in Bridlington, until now having never being imprisoned.

He is a repeat offender with a record which includes criminal damage, threatening behaviour dishonesty and interfering with vehicles.

He was recruited to commit more crime after serious gang villains noticed how good he was at criminal damage.

He has breached a variety of orders – non have worked.

His barrister Andrew Wilson told the court: “He thinks he is living a gangster lifestyle. He is not.

“He has been corrupted by a Fagin-style group he has got involved with. Sending him to custody has been a shock. It is hoped it will work.”

Judge Richardson agreed to reduce the youth’s sentence to 10 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution, but warned him if he continued to commit crime he would serve longer and longer sentences.

The judge refused a request by the Bridlington Free Press to identify the teenager, who was 17 at the time of the offence but is now 18.

He said the issue turned on a point of law which has yet to be tested about whether a 17 year-old who launches an appeal can then be named in the crown court when he turns 18.

He said he allowed the door open for a legal appeal on this point.

Judge Richardson also ordered those people who gave him drugs for lead should not be identified by the press as it could inflame tensions in the Bridlington community.