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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Driving ban for teenager who crashed car into Cumbrian butcher's shop

A teenager who made off with a car that then crashed through a shop window and closed businesses has been banned from the roads.

Brampton butchers shop photo
Colin Moore outside his shop

The 17-year-old boy took the Chevrolet without consent before it ploughed into the front of a building housing Colin Moore Butchers Ltd in Brampton.

The crash ruptured a mains gas pipe and led to shops on High Cross Street being closed because of the risk of explosion. The shop is still closed and the business’s boss says he does not know when it might reopen.

The boy, whose identity is protected by law, appeared before North Cumbria Youth Court in Carlisle. He admitted taking a vehicle without consent, using a vehicle without insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving dangerously.

The teenager was banned from the roads for two and a half years, ordered to undergo a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and stick to a three-month curfew.

The crash happened on February 8 and brought shock to the centre of Brampton after the car smashed into the shop early in the morning. Police said the driver was spotted fleeing after the impact.

Shop counters at the butchers had been moved about 2ft in the impact and the interior was smashed up.

Colin Moore, owner of the butcher business, told the News & Star the shop was still “a shell”, adding: “There is still no sign of being open. I think it will take at least three months. We can’t really put a date on it at the moment.”

He described the ordeal as “very upsetting”. “In the long term it could have quite a traumatic impact on the business,” he added. “Our customers are loyal and I’m sure we will be well-supported but it’s like starting from scratch.”

Staff at the business, which is run with seven workers, have been retained. Mr Moore rents the building.

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