Kempston teen pleads guilty to weapons offences and vehicle theft

Police Line

A 17-year-old from Kempston has pleaded guilty to driving a car he had taken without permission, whilst in possession of a firearm and a knife, and robbery.

The teenager, who can’t be named for legal reasons, carried out the crimes in August last year, when he was just 16 years old.

He was stopped and arrested as he drove a car in a dangerous manner in Kempston, damaging the vehicle and street furniture. When he was finally stopped officers found a firearm and knife in the vehicle.

He was sentenced to:

  • A two-year Youth Rehabilitation Order for the aggravated vehicle taking, to include 10 days reparation and six days activity requirement.
  • Undertake a 12-day drive alive programme, as well as receive knife and weapon intervention.
  • A three-month curfew from 7pm to 7am daily, and is to be electronically monitored.
  • A six-month extended exclusion requirement for him not to enter Kempston.

Meanwhile, for possession of the firearm, and possession of a bladed article in a public place, dangerous driving, and robbery, he was sentenced as per the aggravated vehicle taking.

All sentences are to run concurrently, with the addition of a two-year disqualification from driving and an extended retest.

Both the firearm and the knife will be destroyed.

Detective Constable Guy Steel-Jessop, said: “He must now face the consequences of his actions, after behaving in an extremely reckless manner, endangering not only his own life, but those of others, in a busy street.”

“In addition, offensive weapons have no place in our county, and we will continue to bring offenders to justice.”

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