Sunderland teenager breached his bail – to go out for a burger

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A TEENAGER breached his bail by going out for a burger.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was banned from entering Sunderland city centre by police.

But the teenager was spotted in King Chicken, in Park Lane, on Saturday evening.

He was arrested and admitted the offence at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said the boy walked past an unmarked police car, near Park Lane Interchange.

He was followed to the takeaway and told officers ‘I want my burger’, the court heard.

The magistrates were told that the 17-year-old, represented by Iain Jordan, was originally arrested on Friday, on suspicion of throwing punches at a man in the city centre.

He was released on police bail and told to come into the city only if he had an appointment with the youth offending service, the police, or his solicitor.

District Judge Roger Elsey said: “Mr Jordan tells me that the time you have spent in the cells has taught you that you need to comply with your bail conditions.

“I hope this is correct. Because of that, I will give you bail on the same conditions as before, but if you are arrested in Park Lane again, you can’t expect to get bail.”