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Harlow teenager pleads guilty to offensive weapons and drugs charges in Town Park

Crime / Wed 14th Apr 2021 at 11:15am

A HARLOW TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to a number of drugs and offensive weapon charges committed in Harlow Town Park.

The sixteen-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Chelmsford magistrates court charged with the following.

On March 28th, 2021 at Harlow had with you, without good reason or lawful authority, in a public place, School Lane, Harlow, an article which had a blade or was sharply pointed, a large silver knife with brown handle and sheath.

On March 28th 2021 at Harlow had in your possession a quantity of cannabis a controlled drug of class B with intent to supply it to persons unknown.

On March 28th, 2021 at Harlow had in your possession a quantity of cocaine, a controlled drug of class A with intent to supply it to unknown persons.

On March 28th, 2021 at Harlow used or threatened unlawful violence towards other persons and your conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety.

The teen has been remanded in youth detention until April 23rd, 2021.

The court heard he was refused bail because:

He was already on bail.

He was subject to stringent bail conditions including an electronic curfew.

He is subject to a youth rehabilitation order (YRO) which excludes him from Harlow, yet he has breached this by virtue of these offences. He was in Harlow supplyng drugs with others, carrying knives and causing public disorder.

A remand to local authority accomodation is not appropriate as he ignores bail conditions and court orders and will not protect the public or prevent further offending.

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