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Teenager's shocking crime spree terrorised Soham residents

A 13-year-old Soham boy terrorised residents of the town with a spree of offending a court has heard.

A court heard the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, frightened shop workers at Let365 in the town's High Street, by banging on the window and shouting and swearing at them, jumped up and down on the bonnet of a vehicle in before running off when challenged by the owner, threw rocks through the window of a house in Brewhouse Lane, causing glass to shatter over one of the occupants and, on Boxing Day last year, punched a man in the face in Guntons Close, injuring his lip.

He appeared at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday when the bench heard his offending had continued this year when in February he had stolen sweets from Asda in Clay Street, an energy drink from Co-op in Carter Street, Fordham and attempted to steal two bottles of wine from Soham Co-op.

Cambridge Magistrates Court . Picture: Keith Heppell. (35978726)
Cambridge Magistrates Court . Picture: Keith Heppell. (35978726)

He admitted two counts of theft, attempted theft, criminal damage, assault by beating and two counts of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He was given a six-month youth referral order.

After the hearing PC Gary Stabler from the East Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Policing team said: “This teenager has caused many residents and businesses of Soham a great deal of upset with this offending spree. We hope he will make the most of the sentence given to turn his life around.”