Oxford

Armed boy tipped over car with fork-lift truck

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Image caption The boy admitted aggravated vehicle taking and possessing a firearm

A 15-year-old boy has admitted tipping over a car with a fork-lift truck while armed with an air rifle.

A police helicopter was scrambled when reports emerged of a truck "driving erratically" around Hazel Gardens in Sonning Common in September last year.

The boy told Oxford Magistrates' Court court: "It probably wasn't the best thing to have done."

He admitted aggravated vehicle taking, possessing an unloaded firearm, and careless driving.

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Media captionA member of the public filmed the boy on the fork-lift

'Lethal machine'

The magistrates heard the teenager stole the vehicle from Oliver Agriculture in Cane End, near Reading, and drove it two-and-a-half miles to Sonning Common.

There he wrote off a Fiat Punto by tipping it on to its side, a prosecutor said.

Chairman of the magistrates Colin Mcguire described the fork-lift truck as "a lethal machine" and asked the Youth Justice Service to carry out a report.

The teenager from Henley-on-Thames, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced on 16 August.

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Image caption The Fiat Punto was written off

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