Drunk teen ejected from shops

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A TEEN was thrown out of a shopping centre for being drunk.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was asked to leave a pub in the Galleries, Washington, as he was underage.

He then got into an argument with the security guards and squared up to police who had been called to attend the scene.

The youngster admitted an offence of being drunk and disorderly at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

He confessed to stealing two small bottles of wine from Sainsbury’s in Washington and also asked for the theft of an MP3 player worth £19.99 from the town’s Asda to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said the teen had been ordered out of the Oasis bar on March 7, but was refusing to leave the shopping centre.

“He raised his fists in a boxing stance. The officer told him he was under arrest for being drunk and disorderly.

“He became violent and was taken to the floor.”

Phillipa Wylie, defending, said the teen had gone into the bar to speak to a family member, not to have a drink, but then lost his temper when he was challenged.

She added: “He accepts he was irate. He appears on the face of it to be a very troubled young man.

“He has mental health issues and his parents are no longer happy for him to reside at the family home and did not want to appear at court with him.

“His parents appear to have washed their hands of him.”

She added that the Youth Offending Service had found him a place in a hostel and he was about to apply for benefits.

Magistrates ordered the teen complete a three-month court order and gave him eight weeks to start paying a £20 victim surcharge.