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Teenager detained for six months

PUBLISHED: 15:09 18 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER, who was the first young offender in the county to be placed on a new supervision scheme as an alternative to jail is behind bars today after breaching the order.

A TEENAGER, who was the first young offender in the county to be placed on a new supervision scheme as an alternative to jail is behind bars today after breaching the order.

The 16-year-old was given a six-month detention and training order by magistrates in Ipswich after admitting breaching the order and committing further offences.

At South East Suffolk Youth Court the teenager pleaded guilty to charges of driving while disqualified, driving without insurance or an MoT, resisting arrest and handling stolen goods.

The court heard that the youth was sentenced to an ISSP (Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Order) in September for offences of driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods and causing a nuisance at an Ipswich school.

The programme is designed to strictly monitor the movements of offenders and provide elements of education.

However the youngster breached the order in October and twice in November.

David Taylor, prosecuting, said the youth, who lives in Felixstowe, was spotted in a car by police in Norwich Road, Ipswich, on November 27, at 3am.

A chase, at speeds of up to 50mph on 30mph roads, ensued through the Castle Hill area of town. When the car was eventually stopped the youth tried to resist arrest.

He also admitted a charge of handling a stolen mountain bike on February 8 and breaching police bail on December 12 and February 2.

Graham Skippen, in mitigation, said the youth had successfully complied with the order for a month but was "easily influenced by his peers" and lived in an area where crime was prevalent.

He said: "He was also told that in his area he is not a man until he has been inside and that has affected him as well."

Magistrates revoked the ISSP and re-sentenced the youth to a four months detention and training order for the original offences.

For the new offences, driving while disqualified on November 27, handling stolen goods on February 8 and two breaches of police bail the youth was sentenced to six month's detention. The sentences will run concurrently.

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