Sunderland Echo

Teenagers convicted of climbing on crane

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Two teenagers have been convicted of unlawfully entering docks and climbing a crane.

One of the defendants was also successful­ly prosecuted for using “indecent, obscene, profane or offensive language” towards an employee during the Port of Sunderland incident.

The case has prompted a warning from Sunderland City Council that similar “breaches will be prosecuted as criminal matters”.

Tough er penalties are also under considerat­ion as part of potential new bylaws.

South Tyneside Magistrate­s’ Court was told that the incident occurred at Corporatio­n Quay on May 12.

Reece Duffy, 19, of Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland, was fined £60 and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £60 costs after it was proved that he breached three Port of Sunderland bylaws by entering the docks, climbing a crane and using obscene language.

Anthony James, 18, of also of Harbour View, was fined £40 and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £60 costs after it was proved that he breached two bylaws by entering the docks and climbing the same crane. The pa ir we re convicted in their absence and it is not known how high they climbed. A spokesman for Sunderland City Council, which owns the port, said afterwards: “The port estate is an operationa­l working area, subject to strict security measures and health and safety requiremen­ts.

“Members of the public are therefore prohibited from entering the port without authority and breaches will be prosecuted as criminal matters.”

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