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A 17-year-old who dazzled a police helicopter with a laser has been locked up for 12 months.

The troubled teen, who can not be named for legal reasons, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 12 months and ordered to pay a total of £350 in compensation

The Mail challenged magistrates to lift the order which prevents us from publishing the name of the defendant, claiming it was in the public interest for him to be identified.

But after a half-hour discussion out of court the challenge was turned down by John Jenkins, chairman of the bench, who said: “He is a persistent offender, though we are not satisfied it is in the public interest to identify him.

“We do not lift the reporting ban as the welfare of a child is an important part of the youth court.”