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Teenager locked up after taking motorbike without consent

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 December 2013

A teenager who took a motorbike without consent, crashed and then ran from the scene spent Christmas locked up after being sentenced to six months in a young offenders' institution.

Joseph Hoadley, 18, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without consent at Medway Magistrates’ Court on December 23.

Magistrates heard that on November 24 two mopeds were stolen from a garage in Dudley Road, Gravesend – a Piaggio T5 and a Lambretta GP200.

Officers made house-to- house enquiries and the missing Piaggio was recovered in Maritime Gate.

The following day officers went to a road traffic collision in London Road, Northfleet, where the Lambretta GP200 had been involved.

A trainer left at the scene by the rider was proved to be Hoadley’s after forensic scientists matched his DNA to a print left on the shoe.

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