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Thug of 16 pulls 'gun' on disabled woman… but isn't locked up

CCTV captured the moment the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fired a BB gun at a disabled woman and her friend in Blackpool

Thug, 16, fires ‘gun’ at disabled woman… but isn’t locked up: Teenager escapes jail after taunting victim in street with gun

  • Teenage girl pulled out BB gun and ‘started shooting’ disabled woman and her friend
  • The terrifying incident happened in the Talbot and Brunswick area of ​​Blackpool
  • Neighborhood youths terrorize locals, local MP says
  • The boy was spared jail when he appeared in youth court in September

A teenage thug who taunted a disabled woman on the street before brandishing a gun and pulling the trigger has been spared jail time.

The cheeky 16-year-old was among a group of youngsters who insulted the ‘very vulnerable’ woman, disparaging her race and disability.

He then pulled out a ball bearing (BB) gun, pointed it at the ‘frightened and shocked’ woman and her friend and ‘started firing’.

The terrifying confrontation happened in the Talbot and Brunswick area of ​​Blackpool, an area plagued by gangs of young savages.

Last month Tory MP for Blackpool South Scott Benton told the House of Commons that young people there had been responsible for ‘hundreds of crimes’ and that an 11-year-old boy was one of the ringleaders of the crime wave.

Mr Benton said of a court’s decision not to jail young gunman BB: ‘It shows everything that is wrong with our country.

The offender appeared in Blackpool Youth Court on Thursday with his father and pleaded guilty to threatening behavior and possession of a firearm on September 12.

CCTV captured the moment the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fired a BB gun at a disabled woman and her friend in Blackpool

CCTV captured the moment the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fired a BB gun at a disabled woman and her friend in Blackpool

The thug received a 12-month dismissal order after pleading guilty to threatening behavior and possession of a firearm

The thug received a 12-month dismissal order after pleading guilty to threatening behavior and possession of a firearm

The abusive attack was registered as a hate crime because of the offensive language used in relation to the race and disability of one of the victims, the court heard.

The magistrates acknowledged that although the weapon was a BB gun, the incident “could have had serious consequences”. A six-year-old boy was killed by such a weapon in 2018.

But the court spared the teenager a custodial sentence after hearing his apology, along with details of how his mother was ill and how he started an apprenticeship as a bricklayer.

The court heard he had no previous convictions, but had been “reprimanded” for minor incidents. He has been given a 12-month restraining order, during which he will receive ‘intensive’ supervision from social services

Coming out of court with his back to the bench, the boy appeared to smile at his father. A friend of the victims said: ‘It is diabolical that he has been released. Our society is just too soft.

The boy was with “eight to 10 other young people having fun and smoking” before the incident, the court heard. Prosecuting Elizabeth Hayton said: “The boys started being horrible to (one of the women). One of the boys pulled out the gun and pointed it (at the women). He then started to pull.

The weapon was not loaded and no bullet was fired.

The teenager taunted the woman and her friend and

The teenager taunted the woman and her friend and ‘started shooting’ the couple in broad daylight

CCTV footage, seen by magistrates, showed the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – pulling out the BB gun and then pointing it at the women.

Sue Mugford, defending, urged the court to avoid sentencing the youngster to jail, saying her client was “influenced” by other youngsters.

She said the BB gun didn’t belong to him and he was ‘with other boys messing around’, adding: ‘He’s remorseful, he didn’t realize his actions would cause distress to these ladies.”

When asked why he shouldn’t be sent to jail, the boy replied: ‘I’m sorry I did. It sounded like a joke at the time.”

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