Teenager arrested after swearing at police officer in Sunderland

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SHOWING off in front of his friends led to a teen being arrested.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was part of a group hanging round Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland.

Police were sent to the bus station after a suspected missing person was spotted among the teens by CCTV operators.

Sunderland Youth Court heard trouble flared when they were approached by a plain clothes officer.

The teen, from Sunderland, began swearing as the officer tried to move him out of the way.

Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said: “Two of his friends came over and asked who he was and if they could take their friend home.

“The officer said, ‘Yes, if he does not swear and calms down’.

“But as soon as he released him, he began to swear again.”

The teen was arrested and pleaded guilty to using obscene language and stealing a watch from B&M Bargains in Pallion.

Mitigating, Susan Grey said the teen looked younger and was “acting up” to his age to try and impress people.

Sentencing was adjourned for reports.