MAGISTRATES agreed to alter a teenager’s curfew – so that he could go out for his birthday.
But Toby Shayler, 18, will still have to be back in his Lindley home by 10pm.
Shayler was in court last month charged with 17 offences, including making off without paying for petrol and criminal damage.
Calderdale magistrates made Shayler, of Union Street in Lindley, subject to a community order on September 28.
This included 240 hours of unpaid work and a 22-week curfew order.
Under the curfew the teenager has to remain indoors between the hours of 8pm and 7am.
However, Shayler attended Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday to ask magistrates to let him off the order for one day.
He explained that the date – October 29 – was his birthday and he wanted to go out for a meal with his family.
The teenager said he and his family planned to visit his uncle in Patrington, Hull, and wanted to stay there for the night.
He told magistrates: “I’ve not seen my uncle in ages and he can’t come to Huddersfield.
“We’re planning to have a meal at night time and we won’t be eating until late.”
Magistrates refused to give Shayler the whole evening off from his curfew, but did alter the order so that he could stay out a bit later.
Bench chair Mary Hirst said: “You were given a very serious punishment because there are a lot of offences involved.
“We’re not prepared to give you a night off so you can go and have a night away.
“But we are prepared to amend the curfew until 10pm so that your uncle can come to Huddersfield to have a family meal.”
The curfew was amended for October 29 only and will return to the previous hours after that.