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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Jail for Cumbrian teen who brought terror to music festival

A teenage driver who brought terror to a Cumbrian music festival by speeding through the park where it was being held has been sent to prison and banned from the road.

Kane Hull photo
Kane Hull

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court told 19-year-old Kane Hull he could have killed someone by the way he careered around Greenacres Park in Wigton in his Volvo estate when the Something For The Summer festival was in full swing on September 17 last year.

Prosecuting counsel David Polglase told the court Hull had driven through the park’s main gates on the afternoon of the festival – organised by members of Wigton Youth Station and aimed at children aged 11 to 16.

He initially park the car between two trees, and locked himself inside so the police could not reach him.

He kept edging the car forwards, forcing a policeman, who was trying to stop him by leaning on the bonnet, to move out of the way, Mr Polglase said.

Then, he suddenly reversed sharply, spun the car round, headed for a crowded taped-off area and – forcing families to leap for safety – sped across the park to make his escape.

Hull, of Springkell, Aspatria, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of dangerous driving.

He also admitted a second charge, arising from the way he played cat-and-mouse with driver Christopher Barnes at Waverton, on the A596, by slowing down to just 10mph and then repeatedly swerving out to stop him overtaking.

Hull, who has 20 previous convictions, was also found guilty of two offences which he denied – possessing £300 worth of cannabis with intent to supply it, and possessing £770 he had made from drug dealing.

He was charged with these offences after police stopped him on the outskirts of Carlisle at 1am last June, and noticed his car smelt strongly of cannabis.

When they searched him they found the money and the drugs stuffed down his underpants.

Hull insisted all the cannabis was for his own use, and said he had put it and the money down his pants “in panic” when the police stopped him.

He said that though he was unemployed and not on benefits, he was a regular cannabis user, buying up to £150-worth a week with money given him by “friends and family”.

He said the money in his pants was not from the sale of drugs, but a loan from his father’s girlfriend so he could buy a car.

After the unanimous guilty verdicts, the judge said he had wasted the time of the court with such a “quite ludicrous defence”.

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