Teens to carry out work in community after street bother


An 18-year-old Burnley man and 17-year-old youth have been handed orders to complete unpaid work.

Dale Nightingale (18), of Piccadilly Road, Burnley, who had no previous convictions, was told to undertake 60 hours of unpaid work by Burnley Crown Court after admitting affray at an earlier hearing.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, had also admitted affray, as well as a public order offence, and was handed an 18-month youth rehabilitation order and told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Stephen Parker (prosecuting) told the court the 17-year-old had gone to a former friend’s home in Burnley on November 1st with two other males.

The court heard the boy began kicking the door and shouted to the occupant to “come outside or I’ll break your windows”.

A neighbour opposite came out to walk his dog, the court was told, and was confronted by the boy who said “I’m going to kill your dog”.

Mr Parker told the court the boy threw a punch at the man but missed and the man landed one in return, knocking the 17-year-old to the floor unconscious or semi-conscious.

The man tried to help the boy, the court was told, as police arrived and the situation was diffused.

Mr Parker told the hearing that after the boy had been to hospital, he returned to Burnley and reappeared on the same street with Nightingale and another male.

The man looked out of the window and thought the boy had a baseball bat, banging it on the floor. Comments were heard “come out and we’ll sort it” and “you’re not going to want to live around here any more”.

The items were later discovered to be a metal pole and a piece of wood.

Hugh McKee, defending the boy, said his client had not had a drink in months, was doing an apprenticeship and was “willing to do what is necessary”.

Mark Stuart, defending Nightingale, said his client was doing an engineering course at college.

Recorder Michael Hayton QC said he was satisfied Nightingale was little older but told the 17-year-old he hoped the rehabilitation order would help put straight his “foolish behaviour”.