Row leads to night in cells

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

AN EXMOUTH teenager spent a night in custody after his mother called police during an argument. The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Central Devon Magistrates' Court, in Exeter, last Thursday, where he admitted one charg

AN EXMOUTH teenager spent a night in custody after his mother called police during an argument.The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Central Devon Magistrates' Court, in Exeter, last Thursday, where he admitted one charge of behaving in a way that was likely to cause a breach of the peace.Clifford Howard, prosecuting, said police were called by the boy's mother at lunchtime the day before. He said: "She told police her son was kicking off. She couldn't control him and feared for her safety."Mr Howard said police found the teenager in an agitated state. He was abusive towards officers and his mother, and he was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace.Magistrates had been asked to consider binding the youth over to be of good behaviour.Defending, Rob Jacobs said the youth was young and had no real means to support himself. He said: "It was an argument he had with his mother - all in the house. There was not much explanation as to what it was about."He is without any real means. "He was supposed to be getting birthday money, but this may not be forthcoming after the argument with his mother got out of hand."The court heard the youth was temporarily out of work, while his employer recovered from illness.Chairman of the bench Mrs Penny Dodds said: "You've spent a night in custody. "If you behave like this in the future you will come before the youth court and could be dealt with severely. This is not behaviour we would expect.

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