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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Teenager who took boat for bet sentenced by court

Messing around in a Whitehaven Harbour rowing boat for a bet landed a teenager in court.

Police were called to reports of someone climbing on a security fencing at West Strand, to find a crowd gathered on the pier to watch the antics of Daniel O’Fee, 18.

West Cumbria magistrates heard yesterday that O’Fee took the boat and then refused to return it, insisting he was “having fun”.

The teenager also shouted to officers: “Come and get me.”

O’Fee is said to have taken his shirt off during the episode which lasted two hours on the evening of June 17.

The defendant, of Hilltop Road, Kells, pleaded guilty to taking a boat without the owner’s contest and was given an eight-week curfew to run from 7pm to 7am.

He admitted a further public disorder charge which attracted a £75 fine. Court costs of £85 and a £60 victim surcharge were also imposed.

Neil Pilling, representing O’Fee, told magistrates: “He was messing about and didn’t think it was serious. He knows now that it was.”

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