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Article by Yellow Advertiser: A 16-year-old boy was caught driving his dad’s car in Laindon when he cut up a police car.

The boy, from Billericay, cannot be identified because the court considers him a minor.

Basildon Magistrates Court heard this morning that he had taken the car without permission in November. He was caught when he failed to stop at a give way sign, causing a police car to brake suddenly. The officers followed him and pulled him over.

The boy admitted taking a car without consent, plus driving without insurance or a licence.

Mitigating lawyer Mark Savage told said the boy had no prior convictions or cautions and his parents had been going through a separation at the time. The boy’s mother told the court she was ’totally shocked’ when she learned of her son’s actions.

Mr Savage said:

“She depends upon this young man. He is her rock. He can’t explain why he was tempted to take the car... He is a hard-working and obedient young man, and perfectly affable. You can see how upset he is and how upset his mother is. He’s a shy young man that’s learned a hard lesson.”

Magistrate Alan Payne sentenced the boy to a four-month referral order and ordered him to complete a contract set by a youth justice panel. The boy was ordered to pay £40 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, and told his licence would be endorsed with six points when he passed his driving test.

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