Teen ad­mits to driv­ing charges

‘I’m pleased that jus­tice has been served’

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - by Martina Moscariello martina.moscariello@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @m__­moscariello

A Scar­bor­ough teenager has been iden­ti­fied and sen­tenced as the cul­prit be­hind dam­age caused to Wood­lands ceme­tery.

The cul­prit be­hind dam­age caused to Wood­lands ceme­tery ear­lier this year has been iden­ti­fied and sen­tenced. A Scar­bor­ough teenager ad­mit­ted at the town’s youth court to three charges as­so­ci­ated with dam­age he caused to grave­stones and grassed ar­eas.

On Sun­day, 4 Fe­bru­ary, the 17-year-old male, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, went for a reck­less drive through the ceme­tery, leav­ing deep tyre tracks on the grass and knock­ing some grave­stones out of place.

Res­i­dents were left shocked by the in­ci­dent, with many de­scrib­ing the act as “dis­grace­ful”, “dis­gust­ing” and “dis­re­spect­ful”.

Speak­ing at the time, Coun Bill Chatt, Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Pub­lic Health and Hous­ing, said: “Peo­ple don’t ex­pect this to hap­pen in a grave­yard. The peo­ple who have spo­ken to me have had a re­ally strong view on the peo­ple in the car. It’s just ap­palling.”

Cllr Chatt also as­sured that the mat­ter would be taken se­ri­ously.

Af­ter tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions, the teenager was con­victed of driv­ing with­out un­due care and at­ten­tion, driv­ing with­out a li­cence and driv­ing with­out third party in­sur­ance.

He re­ceived re­fer­ral or­ders to the North York­shire Youth Of­fend­ers team for each of the three of­fences.

He is dis­qual­i­fied from ap­ply­ing for or hold­ing a driver’s li­cence for 12 months and when he is able to ap­ply for a li­cence in the fu­ture, it will be en­dorsed ac­cord­ingly.

The 17-year-old was also or­dered to pay £200 in com­pen­sa­tion to Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil and £85 in costs to the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS).

Cllr Chatt said: “I am pleased to hear that jus­tice has been served and that the teenager had the de­cency to plead guilty to what he did.

“His reck­less ac­tions caused a lot of distress to the own­ers of the grave­stones he dam­aged and I se­ri­ously hope the court process and pun­ish­ments handed down will be a steep learn­ing curve for him.

“On be­half of our Be­reave­ment Ser­vices team, I would like to thank North York­shire Po­lice and the CPS for their ef­forts in se­cur­ing a con­vic­tion.”

ABOVE: The dam­age caused to Wood­lands ceme­tery in Fe­bru­ary. BE­LOW: A mud-spat­tered grave­stone af­ter the in­ci­dent.

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