A 14-YEAR-OLD boy who took a hunting knife with a 12-inch blade into Taco Bell in Bournemouth is one of the children to appear at court this week.

The boy admitted possessing the knife in a public place during a special youth court day at Poole Magistrates' Court last week.

Other cases dealt with include a 16-year-old New Milton boy who admitted having a blade disguised as a pen, and a 16-year-old boy from Verwood who drove a car without L-plates or supervision.

Some of the cases before magistrates include:

  • A 16-year-old girl from the West Hill area of Bournemouth admitted attempting a rob a person in Poole on June 13. She was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 compensation to her victim
  • A 15-year-old Poole boy was charged with attempting to rob a person in connection with the same incident. He has not yet entered a plea and his case was adjourned until later this month
  • A 16-year-old boy from Verwood admitted driving a Vauxhall Zafira in Ringwood Road, Verwood on September 13 without a valid licence or insurance. The car wasn't displaying any L-plates and the boy was unsupervised, it was heard. He was fined £50 and ordered to pay a £21 surcharge. In addition, his driving record was endorsed with six points
  • A 15-year-old boy from the West Howe area of Bournemouth has been charged with racially-aggravated threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The defendant – whose parent or guardian is listed as 'unknown' by the court – has not entered a plea and the case was adjourned.
  • A 17-year-old Poole boy and a 16-year-old Bournemouth boy admitted stealing speakers worth £208.99 from John Lewis at Redlands on September 16. They were given a conditional discharge and told to repay £104 each.
  • A 14-year-old Bournemouth boy admitted assaulting a person by beating him in Harwood Avenue on May 15. He was referred to a youth offender panel for eight months and ordered to pay £25 compensation, as well as a surcharge and costs. He also admitted assaulting a person by beating him in Roumelia Lane, Boscombe, having a hunting knife with a 12-inch blade at Taco Bell in Old Christchurch Road, having cannabis and damaging a vape. He was ordered to pay £20 compensation for the vape