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Teenager arrested after joyriding Hornchurch pensioner’s scooter as a dare

PUBLISHED: 15:08 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 11 April 2018

A teenager has been arrested after he was caught joyriding a disability scooter in Hornchurch town centre.

A teenager has been arrested after he was caught joyriding a disability scooter in Hornchurch town centre.

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A 16-year-old has been arrested after he was caught joyriding a pensioner’s scooter in Hornchurch.

He said he had been dared to do it by his friends.

Police were called at 8.15am on Tuesday, April 3 to a group of youths riding around on the scooter in the town centre but lost them.

The scooter had been taken from outside the Sainsbury’s in High Street.

The group was then spotted riding around in Westland Avenue, but after police saw them they dumped it in Brendans Close and ran off.

One of the teenagers was seen getting off the scooter and officers chased him and caught him at the Royal British Legion’s car park.

After being questioned by officers he admitted that he had been riding the scooter and said that his friends had dared him to do it.

He admitted it was not his and was taken to Romford police station.

While this was going on officers were at Sainsbury’s where someone saw the group take the scooter and officers found an 86-year-old man who said his scooter was missing.

He was taken to Brendans Close and identified the scooter as being his, before being taken home by police.

The 16-year-old has been interviewed and was referred to Youth Offending Team Services (YOTS).

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