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Crime updates for this week from Peterborough

A dangerous e-scooter driver, sentencing for an offender who targeted police officers and drug warrants in Woodston are among the crime stories for this week from Peterborough. 
A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to time in a detention centre for dangerously driving an e-scooter

Lloyd Speight, 34, who made racist comments towards one police officer and spat at another has been jailed. 

He was arrested on February 5 this year after police were called out to a disturbance in Hampton Hargate. 

He was initially arrested in connection with an assault, but further arrested after he spat in the eye of one police officer and made racist comments towards another. 

Speight, of Branston Rise in Welland, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, which he admitted in court earlier this year. 

He appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday (September 15) where he was sentenced to a year in prison for each offence, to run concurrently. 

Chief Inspector Kieran Mylchreest said: “Our officers support and protect our communities all day every day and any abuse or assaults against them, especially those motivated by racism, will be fully investigated. 

“This conviction serves as a message to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to assault a police officer or other emergency service worker.” 

A 16-year-old who dangerously rode an electric scooter in Peterborough was sentenced to time in a detention centre. 

The teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by neighbourhood policing officers in Lincoln Road on May 5 this year after receiving reports of dangerous riding in the city centre. 

At about 9.30am, CCTV operators spotted the teen riding the e-scooter dangerously around Peterborough city centre, including through Queensgate shopping centre. 

He was tracked on camera riding the wrong way down a road, narrowly avoiding hitting a council marshal and nearly colliding head-on with a bus. 

Police were called who arrested him on suspicion of dangerous driving, as well as driving without a licence or insurance. He was later charged with all three offences. 

On Wednesday last week (September 15), he appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he admitted the offences and was sentenced to a four-month detention training order (DTO) – a custodial sentence for 12 to 17-year-olds – which will be added on to an existing DTO he is currently serving for breaches of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). 

Sergeant Andy Morris, from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “At the time of the arrest, when we announced this on social media it sparked quite a discussion and debate. 

“As an investigation was ongoing, we were unable to go into much detail at the time but I hope now that the teen has been convicted and we have been able to release the footage, many people will understand why this action was taken. 

“The way he was ‘driving’ had the potential of causing real risk to members of our community and the standards of driving fell well below that expected of a reasonable and competent driver. We continue to undertake educational work within schools and retail outlets on the legalities and public safety issues associated with e-scooters. 

“Only if it is proportionate in the circumstances and where there is risk to public safety will we consider enforcement action. We will always try to adopt an educational approach in the first instance to ensure our time is utilised wisely.” 

Electronic scooters, more commonly known as e-scooters, fall within the legal definition of a ‘motor vehicle’, therefore laws that apply to motor vehicles also apply to e-scooters such as requiring the rider to have insurance and a valid driving licence. 

They are also currently illegal to use in public in England, unless part of a government trial. 

Neighbourhood policing officers say they have been extra busy in the community over the last couple of weeks, executing numerous warrants in Woodston under the Misuse of Drugs Act. 

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire police said: “We have also been issuing community protection warnings to individuals causing anti-social behaviour (ASB) with their drug use in and outside of their homes which is having a detrimental effect on their local community in Woodston and Stanground. 

“Also, we have worked with housing providers and agencies in Woodston and Stanground to combat the misuse of drugs by their housed residents, including an eviction. 

“We listen to your concerns and lately it’s been regarding open drug use on the streets and inside individuals’ homes, and we do not tolerate the use of these illegal substances. 

“The using of drugs adds to greater ASB issues, it adds to further crime reports being raised, and adds to the strain on resources from many partnership agencies so we will continue our efforts in disrupting these behaviours and targeting the source. 

“You can let us know what your concerns are via the community concerns section on our website here.”