‘Reckless thief’ jailed for taking bus on late-night joyride

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A thief who stole a bus and went for a 10-minute joyride before crashing has been jailed.

Shane Youll caused £2,000 damage after he crashed a Stagecoach bus into railings in South Tyneside.

A video released by Northumbria Police showed the 32-year-old manoeuvring the vehicle out of the depot and around roundabouts, mounting the kerb and veering into the middle of the road.

He caused significant damage to the vehicle and shattered windows on the bus door when he crashed into metal roadside barriers.

Police were called after the theft triggered a depot alarm, and officers found Youll inside the bus waiting at traffic lights.

He was found guilty of taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving with no insurance and driving without a licence.

Youll has been jailed for 10 weeks, fined £2,025 and banned from driving for 18 months.

Sergeant Nicholas Watt said Youll was a “reckless thief” who “put innocent lives at risk” with his erratic driving.

“This was a brazen theft but what is more concerning is the nature of Shane Youll's driving,” he said.

“He mounted kerbs, drifted all over the road, and crashed into a number of objects on the roadside that significantly damaged the bus.”

He added: “I am glad that this reckless thief has been put behind bars so he can reflect on his behaviour that night. I also welcome the heavy fine handed out by the judge.”

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