A teenager threatened a children’s services worker after she refused his demands for new trainers.

Thomas Porter, who had spent his childhood in the care system, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour.

The court heard that the incident happened at the Riverbank Court Kirklees children’s services building in Aspley on March 7.

Porter, who used the service on a regular basis, walked into the reception area with two other young men and demanded to speak to his social worker.

Prosecutor Bill Astin told the court that Porter, of Henley Croft in Dalton, also asked the female receptionist for some new trainers.

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Mr Astin said: “He said: ‘I want some new trainers, look at these f*****g trainers!’

“When she told him he only got these a few weeks ago he said: ‘What has this f*****g got to do with you? You’re a stupid woman, I’m going to hurt you’.”

Porter was told that there was a zero tolerance policy regarding his behaviour but he continued to be abusive and police were called.

Imran Ali, mitigating, said his client believed he was being laughed at when he asked the worker about his shoes and lost his temper.

He added that Porter has been in care throughout his childhood and had a lot of support through Kirklees Council and the children’s service.

The teenager said he has written a letter of apology to the victim.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months but must still pay £15 victim discharge.