Man hunted down and rammed into boy riding on his brother's stolen motorbike

The incident happened in Milton Street, Loughborough
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A man swerved across the road and rammed into a boy on a stolen motorbike, causing him serious injuries. Jack Ball and his little brother had been at a pub in Loughborough and the motorbike, which his brother, aged 18, had bought with money from their recently-deceased grandparents, was parked outside.

It was fitted with a locator and as they were in the pub they noticed it was being moved. They rushed outside the pub to see a young man riding off on the bike and they tried to give chase on foot and then called Leicestershire Police.

The police were unable to attend and so Ball, 28, got in his Nissan Juke and went to trace the bike using the locator. Two hours later he saw the bike coming towards him on Milton Street in the town and he crossed the middle line and the vehicles collided.

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At Leicester Magistrates' Court on Monday Ball, of Paradise Close, Shepshed, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by careless driving. The court heard the boy, who had managed to flee the scene of the crash and later went to hospital and was arrested, had previously been convicted at Leicester Youth Court of aggravated taking without consent of a vehicle, as well as not having insurance.

Describing the crash, which happened at about 3.30pm on Friday, November 3, prosecutor Sukhy Basi, said: "He saw the motorbike being ridden by the youth, who was wearing a helmet. The defendant went across the white line and collided with the motorbike.

"The youth got up and wandered off and later attended Leicester Royal Infirmary and was treated for an injured hand, a fractured knee and fractured ankle. Two sets of surgery were required."

Wayne Hardy, representing Ball, told the court his client had swerved across the road in a "moment of madness" and the collision had ended up leaving the motorbike badly damaged, as well as Ball's Nissan.

He said: "The bike was worth about £5,000 and had been bought by his younger brother. It was with money inherited from his grandparents who had just passed away, so it had sentimental value.

"The defendant didn't want to damage his brother's bike, which was effectively written off by the crash. His vehicle was also damaged and it wasn't covered by insurance.

"He was on the phone to the police but the police didn't come out and he decided to take matters into his own hands."

He said the father of the youth got in touch with Ball the next day and that people had gathered outside his house, causing him to fear for his safety. He said: "He's been very scared.

"He's been very worried what may happen to him and his family. He's already paid a heavy price."

The chair of the bench, Alistair Watson, told Ball: "Given the seriousness, this crosses the custody threshold. But we're going to suspend the sentence.

"This could easily have been put in a higher category. We took into account your timely guilty plea."

Ball was given a 26-week sentence, suspended for a year. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £154 victim surcharge and was banned from driving for 12 months.