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Teenage bicycle thief had 'mixed with the wrong crowd', court hears

PUBLISHED: 15:41 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 19 October 2018

Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Photo: Nick Butcher

Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court. Photo: Nick Butcher

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A teenager stole two bicycles from Lowestoft after being threatened by “the wrong crowd.”

Scott Edward Durrant, of Harris Avenue, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft when he appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old stole a bike worth £270 on September 15 2017 from outside the town’s leisure centre, and another worth £240 on September 22, 2017, from Lowestoft College.

Arthur Balls, defending, said: “He has moved on from this lifestyle and is now working at Birdseye.

“He was mixing with the wrong crowd and there was someone who made threats towards him telling him to do what they said.

“He is a hard worker and is remorseful towards the two victims who lost their bikes.”

Durrant was handed a condition discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation to the two bike owners, matching the value of their bikes, as well as a victim surcharge of £20.

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