Kessingland teenager refused to pay taxi fare

AN unemployed teenager called a taxi to take him to a job centre then failed to pay the driver, a court was told.

Craig Codling, 19, booked the taxi to take him to the Jobcentre in Lowestoft but, when it dropped him back home at White's Lane, Kessingland, he refused to pay the �25 fare.

On Tuesday, Codling pleaded guilty at Lowestoft Magistrates Court to making off without paying on February 18.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting said: 'He (Codling) said he had no money on him. He locked himself in the house and would not come out.'

Codling told the court there had been family problems at the time. However, he now he wanted to join the Army.

Codling also admitted resisting or obstructing a police officer who turned up to arrest him.

He was ordered to pay �50 compensation to the taxi driver for the lost fare and time wasted.

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He was also placed on a two-month community order with a night-time curfew.

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