AN ABLE-BODIED teenager took a mobility scooter for an illegal ride because he was bored and wanted something to do, magistrates heard.

Sandra White, prosecuting, said Callum Brown took the scooter from the Shop Mobility area in the Piccadilly car park in York when staff were busy in their office.

But he was still driving it around the car park when police, alerted by staff who had spotted its absence, caught him and arrested him. He was on prison licence at the time.

Brown, of Howe Hill hostel, admitted taking a mobility scooter without consent and was given a community order with six months’ supervision and 80 hours’ unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and £60 statutory surcharge. His solicitor Mark Partridge said: “Brown is quite simply a young man who gets bored quite easily. I’m afraid the sight of the scooter with the keys in it was too much for him and he took it for a ride.”