Teens fled as man drove over tents
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.”