Teen jailed after roof top incident in Newcastle
14 Apr 2016 14:10 PM[View Full Size]
Two 14-year-old youths who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the Elswick Health Centre in Newcastle have been sentenced.
The two boys, who are both from Newcastle, were arrested on the evening of March 1 after breaking into the health centre located on Meldon Street.
When officers responded the pair climbed up onto the roof of the building and began damaging the property and throwing objects at police and members of the public.
After almost three hours the two were arrested and were both charged with a number of offences including affray, criminal damage, assaulting police officers and burglary.
On Wednesday, April 6, they appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' court where one of the boys was handed a 12 month jail sentence.
The other was given a youth rehabilitation order - meaning that he will be on a 7pm to 7am electronic house curfew and must participate in activity with the youth services daily for three months.
Officers in Newcastle are warning those who think this kind of behaviour is acceptable, regardless of their age, that they face being sent to prison for their actions.
Newcastle West Acting Inspector Jo Park-Simmons said: "This incident caused a great deal of disruption for the local community and tied up valuable police, fire and ambulance resources for a number of hours on that evening. The two boys caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the health centre and this had an impact on all of the local people who rely on it and use the service.
"By climbing onto the roof they endangered themselves and the lives of others and this is behaviour that we will not tolerate.
"This sentence shows just how serious an offence it is and how seriously the criminal justice system takes this type of incident.
"We now have a 14-year-old who is just beginning a 12 month custodial sentence for his actions - that's a very clear and strong message to anyone else of that age who thinks this kind of behaviour is acceptable."