Joyrider, 14, took ex-girlfriend’s mum’s car

IPSWICH: A 14-year-old joyrider is under a three-month curfew today after taking a car belonging to the mother of his ex-girlfriend on a terror ride.

The teenage tearaway is now banned from going out between 8pm and 6am after roaring around part of east Ipswich.

Ipswich Youth Court also sentenced the youngster to a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, along with a 30-hour reparation order to be supervised by the probation service.

Police said the youngster’s early morning jaunt lasted for nearly 15 minutes.

The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, took the Ford Mondeo without the knowledge of its owner.


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He was then seen by witnesses who told police he was driving erratically, and at speed, around the Lindbergh Road area of the town.

A number of alarmed onlookers told officers that the driver of the Mondeo was braking harshly and making the car skid at various points during his joyride.

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He was also reported to have clipped kerbs on several occasions, which is believed to have led to the vehicle’s wheels being damaged.

The car finally came to a halt and was abandoned in Rydal Walk, at the junction with Cobham Road

The teenager was said to have discarded the keys, but was subsequently traced and arrested.

The incident took place between 7.55am and 8.10am on July 14.

At a previous hearing, the 14-year-old admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance, and driving without a licence.

He also admitted being in breach of a referral order for previous offences he had committed.

The case was adjourned until yesterday in order to give time for a pre-sentencing report to be compiled.

In addition to the curfew and the orders imposed on him, the teenager was ordered to pay �100 compensation as a result of the aggravated vehicle taking.

He was also disqualified from driving.

No separate penalty was imposed for the breach of his referral order.

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