South Yorkshire tearaway, 14, locked up

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A judge locked up a South Yorkshire teenager he called one of the most ‘deeply unpleasant’ young men he had come across.

District Judge John Foster blasted the 14-year-old as he sentenced him to eight months in custody and handed him a two-year anti-social behaviour order for a string of offences.

The youth attacked police officers, hurled racial abuse, threatened a woman with a screwdriver and swore at a pub landlord.

Sentencing at Barnsley Youth Court, Judge Foster told the teenager:“This chain of behaviour which you find to be amusing is extremely unpleasant.”

The boy, who moved to Barnsley last July, admitted two offences of threatening behaviour, one of racially aggravated behaviour and two of breaching an interim ASBO.

George Hazel-Owram, prosecuting, said he approached June Gaskin in Barnsley market and swore at her, before waving a screwdriver and saying: “I’m going to stick you with it.”

The next day, he swore at and racially abused shopkeeper Ranjit Ghataora.

In November, he launched a tirade of abuse at publican Richard Boden and swore at customers before shouting: “I’m going to smash your pub up.”

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also breached an interim ASBO on December 22 and January 4.

He tried to butt a police officer on arrest and another time stuck two fingers up at a police car.

Jaimie Wake, mitigating, said his behaviour had improved and he was doing well at school.

But Judge Foster said the time had come to lock him up, saying: “I have to say for a 14-year-old you are perhaps one of the most ignorant, deeply unpleasant young men I have had to deal with.”