Teenage yobs brought to justice

PUBLISHED: 12:41 03 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 31 May 2010

A TEENAGE yob has been ordered to pay £100 costs and do 10 hours of community service for his part in a vandalism and painting spree in Saffron Walden in February. The 16-year-old boy, from Saffron Walden, was the last of the three youths responsible for

A TEENAGE yob has been ordered to pay £100 costs and do 10 hours of community service for his part in a vandalism and painting spree in Saffron Walden in February.

The 16-year-old boy, from Saffron Walden, was the last of the three youths responsible for the night of destruction to be sentenced at Harlow Youth Court on July 14.

Another 16-year-old boy was given a 12 month supervision order, banned from leaving home between 9pm and 6am and tagged for 16 weeks in April, and a 17-year-old boy was given a nine month referral order and ordered to pay £38 costs.

Acting Sgt Lisa Cox said she was pleased that the hooligans had been brought to justice.

"It is a fantastic result and a great reward for a lot of perseverance, as CCTV footage was studied and scenes of crime officers were called in to investigate," she said.

"Community support officers and specials also played their part in getting this outcome.

"Innocent people were affected by the mindless vandalism, which occurred on February 28, and hopefully this result will go someway to recompensing them and showing them that justice has been done."

Acting Sgt Cox also said that she felt the youths' punishments would send a message to other would-be troublemakers that the police take these matters very seriously.

"If the evidence is there, we will always do our best to get people before the courts, even if vandals or petty thieves chose to use the 'no comment' approach," she said.

The wave of destruction on the night of February 28 was described by Sgt Ashley Seymour as "possibly the worst night of spray-painted vandalism Saffron Walden has ever seen."

The youths broke into a shed belonging to Saffron Walden Golf Club, where they stole cans of black and white spray-paint and a valuable Motability scooter.

From there they went to Freshwell Street, where they sprayed parked vehicles with paint.

Two could be cleaned and had no lasting damage but eight others required professional cleaning.

They also defaced several road signs in the area and sprayed a number of black bins.

Moving on to Windmill Hill, the criminals stole garden tools from sheds at the allotments.

The Anglo-American playing fields next to the football ground were also painted, as was the backboard of a basketball hoop and the seat of the death-slide, rendering it unusable.

The final stop on the trail of havoc was Catons Lane, where a car was sprayed and the scooter, which had been stolen, was also covered with paint and abandoned.

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