Mother tells of fears over her son

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A mother told a judge her teenage tearaway son was making her ill and questioned whether fitting him with a tag would make him mend his ways.

Police went searching for her 15-year-old son when he failed to attend court and discovered he had stayed out all night breaking his curfew.

The boy, from Blackpool, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to breaching his bail.

District Judge Andrew Jebb sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court agreed to give the boy one last chance and rebailed him, but said he must be fitted with an electronic tag to monitor his movements.

The boy’s mother then stood up and addressed the judge saying: “He is not sticking to anything, he is not sticking to his curfew day in and day out. He is making me ill. I’m not sure if this tag will work.”

The judge replied: “I want to give him one more chance to keep to his bail conditions.”

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said the boy had been bailed on the condition he lived at his given address and kept a curfew inside his home between 7pm and 7am.

On February 10 the boy should have been at Blackpool Youth Court to be sentenced for burgling a garden shed. When he did not turn up police went looking for him. On February 24 at 7.55pm officers called at his home but the boy was not there.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, told the judge the boy said he had gone to a friend’s house and it got past his curfew start time of 7pm. Instead of ringing his mother to say he was going to be late, he stayed the night at the friend’s home.