Teenager sentenced for drunken behaviour at fountain dedicated to two IRA bomb victims


A Warrington teenager who urinated into a fountain dedicated to two children who died in an IRA bomb attack has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Chester Magistrates Court heard that 18 year old Alex Stott, from Great Sankey, had been drinking heavily both before and during a night out in Warrington town centre in July.

In the early hours of Sunday 17 July, police spotted Stott getting into an argument with two men outside the Reflex Bar, in Academy Way.

Stott was given an anti-social behaviour dispersal notice by the police officer which meant that he had to leave the town centre and stay out of it for the next 24 hours.

However Stott failed to leave the town centre and 10 minutes later was seen on CCTV, urinating into the Fountain of Life memorial in Bridge Street before getting into a further altercation with a woman.

Alison Warburton, Associate Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: "This fountain was created in memory of Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball, two boys killed when an IRA bomb went off in Warrington town centre in 1993.

"Stott was hiding behind a wall when he was eventually arrested by police and was also found to be carrying a small bag of cannabis.

"He pleaded guilty to an act of outraging public decency, possessing cannabis and failure to comply with the dispersal order.

"Stott has no previous convictions and could offer no explanation for his actions. He said he had been too drunk to remember most of it.

"He has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community work and ordered to pay £85 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge."