Teen tearaway told ‘good luck’ by magistrate

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A teenage tearaway with a dream of joining the Army was told he needed discipline and was wished good luck for the future by a magistrate.

The 17-year-old from Blackpool, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and failing to answer bail.

The teenager was described as having a bad record with previous convictions for burglary, dishonesty and theft.

He was sentenced to a 12-months’ youth rehabilitation order with supervision, put on a one month’s tagged curfew from 10pm to 7am and ordered to do 60 days’ activity requirement plus 20 hours’ reparation by Blackpool Youth Court.

Presiding magistrates, David Jesson, told the teenager: “You need to apply the discipline you will need if you hope to join the Army. Good luck in the future.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a man found the detached garage at his Blackpool home had been broken into on December 14.

A moped, alcohol and tools had been stolen, the court was told.

Cigarette ends, water bottles and keys were found on the garage floor.

DNA analysis of a cigarette end matched the teenager.

Daniel Harman, defending, told magistrates: “The burglary was unsophisticated and clear evidence was left at the scene.

“It did not take Sherlock Holmes to work out who did it.

“He was with another male at the time of the burglary.

“It is clear he has been keeping bad company.

“He has now spoken of going into the Army.”