Teenager admits abducting Hartlepool girl he met through Instagram

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A teenager has been given a 12-month conditional discharge after admitting a charge of abduction of a Hartlepool girl.

Teesside Crown Court Judge Michael Taylor told Ryan Whyte, 18, there was no suggestion of sexual behaviour.

You paid for the ticket and you got on the train, and that amounts in law to child abduction, which is normally regarded as very serious.

Judge Michael Taylor

Prosecutor David Crook said the couple first had conversations through Instagram.

The girl’s mother contacted the police who spoke to Whyte and were satisfied he was what he claimed to be.

Then, he visited the girl but there was no accomodation. It was agreed on very certain terms that he could stay over.

Later, when the mother returned from work, she found her daughter had what looked like “a love-bite on her neck”.

The mother called two friends who ensured Whyte left the house. The girl left with Whyte on a train to Scotland.

Rupert Dowson, defending, said Whyte’s involvement “really does involve him providing the money for the ticket”.

The judge told Whyte of Newton Grange, Edinburgh: “She decided to come with you, you paid for the ticket and you got on the train, and that amounts in law to child abduction which is normally regarded as very serious but this case does not fit into the normal guide lines.”