A YOUTH appeared in court after riding a scooter outside a property.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted his role in the seizure of the Piaggio Vespa scooter from a property in Newton Aycliffe on January 6.

The victim, who has a heart condition and struggles to walk very far, told the court she was frustrated after the scooter was taken “in broad daylight”.

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In a victim impact statement, he said: “These men are causing severe misery and they must be dealt with.”

The boy pleaded guilty to taking the vehicle without consent, causing criminal damage to a Durham Police vehicle and obstructing a police officer.

He had already been the subject of an order on January 7 and will work with the young offenders team. It has been extended for five months to take account of the most recent offences.

The court heard he had recently left school and started getting into trouble, but his parents had welcomed the comments from the Young Offenders Team.

He was urged by magistrates not to associate with individuals who would get him into trouble. They added: “It’s your future and in your interest to accept help.”

Another teenager, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, has also emerged in connection with the incident.

He was released on bail and will appear in court on January 14.

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