15-year-old burglar with 'appalling' criminal record thumped householder during break-in
THIS burglar had been drinking when he climbed through the window of a home and thumped the householder... and he is just 15 years old.
The teenage troublemaker, who has an "appalling" criminal record, has today been told by the police that he "needs to grow up and realise that he can still make something of his life – but time is running out".
Declan Carr, from Cleethorpes, has begun to show a change in attitude, but after admitting burglary and breaching a previous Asbo, he left the dock grinning, and said: "Nice one."
Claire Holmes, prosecuting at Grimsby Crown Court, told how Carr had been drinking when he broke into the house in Farebrother Street, Grimsby, on September 8.
He was with 18-year-old Stevie Gammon, of Willingham Street, Grimsby, at the time.
The occupier came in to the room and asked Carr what he was doing, grabbing the teenager and dragging him into another room.
Gammon panicked, went inside the property to aid Carr and raised his fist at the man. Carr landed a blow, catching the householder in the face.
Steven Freestone, mitigating, said Carr was apparently showing the beginnings of a change of attitude but he was "not by any means the finished article".
Recorder Richard Woolfall said Carr had an "appalling record" for someone so young.
"You give the impression of someone who's out of control," he said.
"It appears you're not bothered about spending time locked up. That's a shame at your age.
"You're going to spend large periods of time in custody."
It must have been a "terrifying" experience for the householder, he added.
Carr was given a one-year youth rehabilitation order and a three-year Asbo.
Following the hearing, Inspector Mel Christie, neighbourhood policing team inspector for the Cleethorpes area, said: "I am pleased Declan seems to be showing a change in attitude and sincerely hope that this continues.
"However, I am less than impressed with what he had to say as he left the dock, having been sentenced for an appalling burglary.
Above: The section of Grimsby town centre and the surrounding area which teenager Declan Carr must not enter, unless accompanied by a parent, under the terms of his Asbo.
"If that is his attitude and he feels that he has, somehow, after five months of incarceration, 'got away with it', then it does not bode well.
"He needs to grow up and realise that he can still make something of his life, but time is running out in that direction.
"All of my officers and police community support officers will be watching out for him.
"We must remain vigilant and ensure that all agencies operate together and, if there are any signs of this apparent change not continuing and he resorts to criminal behaviour again, that we move swiftly to put him back before the courts."
Carr's Asbo bans him from:
Using or engaging in abusive, insulting, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in North East Lincolnshire.
Associating in public with Daniel Devaney, Connor Barker, Brennan Riley, Stevie Gammon, Tyrone Hardy or Kieron Kauss in North East Lincolnshire unless for educational or training purposes.
Remaining in any retail premises if asked to leave by the owner, a member of staff or other authorised person in North East Lincolnshire.
Entering an exclusion zone in Grimsby town centre and surrounding area, including Freshney Place and the Market Hall, unless accompanied by a parent.
Gammon admitted assisting an offender. Richard Hackfath, representing him, said the teenager had, like Carr, been in custody for about five months.
Gammon was given an 18-month supervision order, including six months' alcohol treatment. Both were given a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew.
A teenager of just 15 with a dreadful criminal record and likely to grow into adulthood with an even worse one – unless, of course, someone can unlock a conscience in his brain and turn his life around.
Let's not kid ourselves, we all know that we have issues within elements of our society – issues that start with the adults and then spread, becoming problems that escalate generation after generation.
The real problem is that these issues become entrenched in normal life and are indeed normal behaviour.
How then, are children of such an entrenched culture, educated to break the mould and start again?
For that is what must happen if we are to see a turn around in how British society as a whole conducts itself.
Broken Britain, as it became known, is not all bad, we know that – and we see kindness and consideration in all walks of life. But in some areas and communities, it would appear not just broken, but smashed to pieces in a way that no amount of central government glue will sort out.
The divide between good and bad seems to be growing wider as the years go by – with no real answers as to a large scale change.
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