Teens in fight on streets

A GROUP of young people involved in a fight in Bridlington on January 28 appeared at Bridlington Magistrates Court last Wednesday, March 21.

Stevan Vant, 18, of North Street Bridlington, David Lofty, 18 also of North Street and a 16 year old female, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were each charged with using threatening or abusive language.

The court heard that on the night of January 28 police arrived at the junction of Landsdowne Road and Marshall Avenue to find Vant and Lofty with injuries consistent with being involved in a fight.

Lofty admitted to police that he and Vant had been involved in a fight, and both had since shaken hands.

All three admitted using abusive language during the course of the altercation, with the 16-year-old female admitting getting involved after hearing an unkind remark from one of the men.

Mitigating on behalf of Lofty, Ed Cunnah said: “You can’t get much more co-operative than telling a police officer that didn’t see the incident that you have been fighting in the street.”

Mr Cunnah said Lofty has no job, no training and no expertise and that this offence would only make it harder for him to find employment.

Vicky Lancaster mitigating on behalf of Vant said his landlord describes him as a quiet individual who was “no bother at all” and that the scuffle was the result of a drunken argument that neither individual can remember the cause of.

The court heard that the three defendants had all had tough upbringings, all spending some of their youth in the care system.

Presiding magistrate, Anne Farnsworth, handed a three month referral order to the 16 year old female whilst giving both Vant and Lofty 12 month community orders and ordering them to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.