Journal lifts lid on young yobs terrorising our town

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A BOY who was part of a gang roaming the streets and attacking people, and a teen who refused to obey court orders appeared at youth court this week.

A 13-year-old from Grantham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied assaulting a woman by launching a snowball at her face, but was found guilty following a trial.

Jane Loader, prosecuting, told the court how the teen was one of a gang “going around the neighbourhood targeting people they didn’t like” in November of last year.

Mrs Loader said: “The victim saw a youth with a snowball in his hand. He then threw it directly at her, hitting her in the face.

“It was extremely painful.”

Mrs Loader said the attack left the victim in shock.

She added: “She was really upset for some time afterwards. She couldn’t understand why they had targeted her.”

The 13-year-old was the only member of the gang the victim recognised.

He was sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order and must also pay £100 compensation. The prosecution asked for £620 in costs but only £100 must be paid.

The youth’s mother will be liable for the money but chairman of magistrates Jane Tidswell urged her to deduct the cash from the teen’s weekly pocket money.

In a separate case, a 14-year-old boy was sentenced to four months in custody after repeatedly failing to adhere to court orders.

The Grantham teen, who also must be protected for legal reasons, was found guilty of possession of a Class B drug and theft in February. Since then he has not kept to court ordered punishments, including a curfew.

Chairman of magistrates Jane Tidswell sentenced the boy to four months in custody to be served at a youth detention centre.

Mrs Tidswell said: “Because of your age and the fact that you have not complied with what you’ve been asked to do, we have no other alternative available to us.

“We have found you have persistently abused your youth rehabilitation orders. We have no choice but a custodial sentence.”

The teenager’s mother burst into tears at the news as her son was taken from the court.

Mrs Tidswell said: “This is a result of you not doing as you are told and we hope this is a big lesson for you.”