Travelodge rampage: Sunderland teen smashed up disability equipment in hotel

The Travelodge in Sunderland City Centre
The Travelodge in Sunderland City Centre
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A teenager who was part of a hotel rampage in which equipment for disabled people was destroyed has been spared jail.

Tahmid Ahmed Shubon was charged after a disabled evacuation chair at Travelodge’s High Street West hotel was damaged beyond repair on June 10.

He needs to learn his lesson not to get involved in these situations.

Defence solicitor Peter Thubron

Shubon, 19, appeared in court charged with criminal damage after another teenager, Syed Osama Ahmed, 18, was found guilty of the same offence last month.

Shubon, of Burnville Road South, in the Eden Vale area, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and also possession of a knife, after he dropped a seven-inch kitchen blade down a drain while he was in a car in the Holmeside area, during the early hours of June 2.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told a hearing at the city’s magistrates’ court: “The first matter occurred after police received a report of some trouble in the city centre area of Holmeside at 4.15am.

“Mr Shubon is in the passenger side of a car and was seen to drop something down the drain.

“Police later recovered a large kitchen knife.” Mr Anderson added that the second incident saw Shubon rip a cover from the chair before his co-accused threw it down the stairs.

Peter Thubron, defending, said Shubon is hoping to turn over a new leaf in his life.

“He needs to learn his lesson not to get involved in these situations,” said Mr Thubron.

“He is now moving away from these negative peer problems and working to reduce his alcohol and drug use.”

Chairman of the bench Peter Watson gave Shubon a total of 20 weeks’ custody, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and pay Travelodge £270 pounds in compensation.