Teens who terrorised Merseyside from gun plotters to hoax callers

A Liverpool boy who threatened to "open fire on everyone", a teen terror banned from meeting her mates and a 15-year-old caught with a stash of bullets.

These are just some of the most recent cases to have passed through the Liverpool Youth Court.

The court determines what sentences to give to the youngest offenders, some who are no stranger to the courts and others who have never been involved in wrongdoing before.

One court heard how a drug-driving teen had a huge knife in Burger King in New Brighton.

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Another heard how texts found on a 15-year-old's phone seemingly revealed an underworld gun plot after he was found with a stash of bullets.

Read the most recent cases to have passed through Liverpool's Youth Court below.

Drug-driving teen who had huge knife in Burger King

A Burger King sign. The teen walked into a branch of the restaurant with a knife

A drug-driving teen who walked into Burger King with a huge knife was before Liverpool Youth Court this week.

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Samuel Brooks, who has recently turned 18, admitted having the eight-inch kitchen knife at the fast-food restaurant in New Brighton.

Brooks, of Hornby Road, Bromborough, also appeared before the court over two drug-driving charges amidst a list of 11 total offences.

The drug-driving charges related to an incident on August 12 last year, when he drove a Yamaha MT-07 motorcycle on Hoylake Road, Moreton.

Brooks was released on conditional bail until his sentencing, which will take place on September 22.

Liverpool boy who threatened to "open fire on everyone"

A 14-year-old boy from Liverpool told US police he would walk into an American park and "open fire on everyone".

The boy made a series of hoax calls to police departments during which he made threats to kill.

He said he got a "thrill from the power by making threats" to police forces in America, Canada, England and Scotland.

The now 16-year-old rang up Dunwoody Police Department in Georgia, USA, on November 14, 2018 and said: "I'm going to walk into Brookham Park with an AR15 and open fire on everyone."

In August of the same year he called up North Yorkshire Police accusing a male of fraud and theft.

He rang police and pretended to be the man's father, feigning that he and his "wife" were locked in a bathroom while their son was armed with a shotgun.

A court heard that the boy has been diagnosed with autism and got "carried away" as he "didn't quite realise what he was getting involved in or the consequences".

The boy told a judge that he made the calls to "get back at people".

He was ordered to complete a six-month referral order, pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge.

Teen terror banned from meeting friends

A teen terror who harassed local people and assaulted a police officer appeared before a youth court last month.

The 15-year-old girl was banned from parts of Wirral for the behaviour.

She was handed a 12-month anti-social behaviour injunction preventing her from associating in any public place in Wirral with four named friends.

An injunction was applied for by Wirral Council after ongoing complaints from residents in the north end of Birkenhead.

Locals cited threatening and aggressive behaviour, damaging vehicles and assaulting a police officer.

Youth court is a branch of a magistrates' court where children under 18 will first appear when they have been charged with a crime.

Once here, a defendant will plead not guilty or guilty. The magistrate, or a district judge, will decide if the court has the powers to deal with the crime there.

If the offence is too serious for magistrates' court – where sentences are limited – the case will be sent to a crown court.

But for all children across Merseyside, a daunting youth court is the first place they will be officially dealt with.

One of the most important features of youth court is defendants, witnesses and victims under 18 have automatic anonymity.

Because of this, none of the defendants in this story can be named or pictured.

Cheeky wave 'bye' from speeding teen's car before crash

A 16-year-old was before Liverpool Youth Court on July 15 after leading police on a high-speed chase through Moreton.

Officers in an unmarked police car attempted to stop the teen after checking the car's insurance – but he sped off.

The police officers pursued the 16-year-old and his mates as it drove 70mph on 40mph roads.

After following it they found the car crashed into another vehicle, and the occupants had fled.

The teen was identified after a girl who was in the car was arrested.

A youth court heard how the teen "simply panicked" and had no previous convictions.

He was handed six-month referral order and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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Boy caught running with meat-cleaver through Lime Street Station

In June this year, Liverpool Youth Court also saw a boy who ran with a meat-cleaver through Liverpool Lime Street Station.

The 15-year-old also had a knife possession and was with a 13-year-old with no weapons when he was stopped in the train station.

The court heard he was visiting his girlfriend in St Helens when police attempted to stop the boys.

They ran from the officers but were caught up with, which is when officers made the discovery.

Since the offence the boy had a change in attitude, and no longer feels like he needs to carry a weapon.

Sentencing, the judge said: "Lots of 16-year-old lads get angry, it's a question of trying to control it."

He received a 12-month referral order.

15-year-old caught with stash of bullets alongside mate

Texts from a 15-year-old seemingly discussing an underworld gun plot were found after he was caught with a stash of bullets alongside a 19-year-old.

Daagn Youds and the boy were spotted acting suspiciously by police in Litherland and were "nervous and shaking" when approached by police.

After searching Youds officers found 24 rounds of .38 special ammunition stuffed down his trousers.

Youds, of Moorland Road, Tranmere, said that his co-accused had given the ammunition to him.

The boy said someone named "Jay" had given it to him, and claimed he was told to take them to Liverpool.

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Officers then found the incriminating texts on the boys phone.

One text the boy sent to someone named Leon said: "Sound bro me and d boys r goin tomoz so we will defo bring him to u in da boot of 1 of the Beamers ok bro der will be 2 Rangers and 3 Beamers."

The boy from Birkenhead, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to a 12-month youth referral order at Liverpool Youth Court.

Youds, who has three previous convictions for five offences, was "ashamed of what he got himself involved in", a court heard.

The 19-year-old was sent to a young offenders institution for 18 months.

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