Sheffield resident jailed after taking ‘nuisance’ bike

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A MAN has been jailed for a year for taking a teenager’s motorbike after becoming annoyed at the noise it was making.

Jay Featherstone stormed out of his home when he heard three boys riding on a disused railway track, a court heard.

Two escaped, but a 16-year-old was caught when he failed to steer his bike through a gate off Belmont Drive, Staveley.

Featherstone, of Middlecroft Road, Staveley, punched the boy’s his helmet twice before grabbing the £190 bike and hurling it into bushes on Tuesday, May 22.

The 24-year-old also threatened to break the rider’s legs during the incident.

He admitted robbery at Derby Crown Court.

Sentencing, Recorder Peter Ievins said: “I accept you were irritated by the noise of the motorbikes, but the victim and his friends were not breaking the law. They were doing what teenage boys do.”

Steve Gosnell, mitigating, said Featherstone had been drinking.

Mr Gosnell said: “There was a little provocation with the noise that was going on.

“I say that but he doesn’t make that excuse.

“The main motivation was confrontation rather than going to steal a bike.

“But it is clear what happened – he robbed the boy.”

The court heard the bike was never traced and that it may have been stolen by somebody who found it in the bushes after it was thrown away.