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Teenagers sentenced after catapulting items on to M4

Following a lengthy Thames Valley Police investigation, three teenagers have been sentenced for criminal damage recklessly endangering life following an incident near Newbury.

Tyler Inglut, aged 18, of Sagecroft Road, Thatcham and Josh Rogers, aged 18, of Sandstone Grove, Hermitage, and a 17-year-old boy from Thatcham who cannot be named for legal reasons were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday (26/6).

Inglut and Rogers were both sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 300 hours’ of unpaid work and 35 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

The 17-year-old was made subject to an enhanced youth rehabilitation order with two years’ supervision and a three month electronically monitored curfew.

All three were also ordered to pay £400 in compensation within the next 12 months.

On the evening of Thursday 7 June 2018, offenders were seen on the footbridge leading to Oareborough Lane in Hermitage catapulting items at vehicles on the M4 motorway below.

All three offenders were on the overbridge and several vehicles, including lorries, vans and a coach carrying schoolchildren were damaged.

Inglut, Rogers and the other boy were arrested on 7 June 2018 and were all subsequently charged with a number of offences on 2 October 2019 following a long investigation.

Inglut and Rogers pleaded guilty to criminal damage recklessly endangering life at Reading Crown Court on 19 November 2019 and 28 February 2020 respectively.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to criminal damage recklessly endangering life at Reading Crown Court on 28 February this year.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tara Hamilton, based at Newbury police station, said: “The reckless acts of Inglut, Rogers and the other boy were highly dangerous and caused damage to a number of vehicles.

“It was only by good fortune that nobody was seriously injured or possibly even killed.

“Traffic on that stretch of the motorway would have been quite heavy and fast-moving, and clearly throwing or catapulting items at vehicles is extremely dangerous. The actions of these three put people’s lives in danger.

“Arrests were made quickly and I would like to thank all our officers who assisted in this investigation which has brought these three to justice.

“We will never tolerate such reckless behaviour, and these convictions show clearly to others the implications such actions can have, not only on the public, but also on those that commit the acts.”

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