Teens fled as man drove over tents

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON LIVESEY

A MAN who flat­tened a tent in his van and then drove into a group of young­sters af­ter a row has been jailed for four years.

Ben­jamin Aller­ton, 25, drove over two tents be­long­ing to the teens in the early hours.

Af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing the young­sters, who were camp­ing near to the River Ouse at Selby, North Yorks, he then ploughed into a boy, 16, and a 13-yearold girl, leav­ing the boy need­ing surgery.

York Crown Court heard how Aller­ton, from Selby, ini­tially hit it off with the teens.

But a row broke out when he at­tempted to put his arm around one of the girls in her tent. Aller­ton was knocked to the floor and fled.

Af­ter brood­ing for a few hours he re­turned and gave the teenagers a count­down be­fore hurtling to­wards them.

Sen­tenc­ing land­scape gar­dener Aller­ton, Judge Michael Met­tyear said: “You told po­lice that you in­tended to flat­ten the camp.

“It was only due to the quick ac­tions of some of the young peo­ple that no­body was in that tent when you went into it.”

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