Teen abused police 'looking for bombs'
A TEENAGER shouted and swore at police investigating reports of petrol bombs being stored at a business premises.
Haroon Hussain, aged 19, abused officers attending the scene in Havelock Place, Shelton, at 12.30am on August 13 last year.
Prosecutor Hugh O'Brien-Quinn yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that Hussain had become abusive and aggressive to investigating officers.
He said: "Police found six petrol bombs.
"The defendant and two or three other males were in the area.
"The defendant spoke to police to find out what was happening.
"The defendant accepts he was abusive and aggressive to police at the scene."
The incident took place in the week following a spate of rioting breaking out across the country.
As a result the court heard Hussain was not arrested at the time as police did not want to increase tensions.
But on returning to the site at 10am officers then arrested the defendant.
Hussain admitted he had become heated at one point.
The court heard that the teenager was originally charged with threatening to destroy property and had spent six weeks on remand in custody.
He denied that charge but a charge of affray was added and Hussain pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of using threatening words or behaviour under section four of the Public Order Act.
Mr O'Brien-Quinn said: "He did not accept using the words 'buildings are going to burn'.
"But he did accept using abusive behaviour."
The court was told Hussain, of Havelock Place, Shelton, has no previous convictions.
Judge Paul Glenn handed Hussain a 12-month conditional discharge, in light of the six weeks he had already spent in prison, and because his liberty had since been restricted by bail conditions.
He told the teenager: "Your behaviour was stupid. Tensions were very high at the time.
"Initially you behaved very well. But you took exception to police meeting a friend of yours.
"You got involved when there was no need to. You shouted and swore at police."
Judge Glenn added: "I am satisfied you are sorry for what you did."