Friday 9 December 2016

Man accused of stealing crate of Lucozade while riding 'hoverboard' may be first to be prosecuted under new laws

Published 14/12/2015 | 11:14

A man accused of stealing a crate of Lucozade while riding a "'hoverboard" may make British legal history after being charged with offences including driving the gadget on a pavement.

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Omaree Lindsay, 19, from Croydon, Surrey, is thought to face one of the first prosecutions under new laws that ban the use of the motorised devices on roads and pavements, after he was allegedly filmed riding into a Co-op and out again carrying a crate of Lucozade.

He will appear on bail at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 30 December, charged with theft, failure to comply with a court order and driving a self-balancing scooter on a pavement.

Laws banning self-balancing scooters, including hoverboards and single-wheeled ''monopods" were introduced in October, although the gizmos are expected to still be best-sellers this Christmas.

Police had appealed to the public to help trace a man filmed riding a hoverboard with blue flashing lights into a Co-op store in Mitcham, south London.

The figure could be seen on CCTV riding into the shop at 21.43pm on Sunday, September 6, before reappearing a few moments later holding a crate of bottles in his arms.

After performing a neat three-point turn the figure disappeared away from the shop.

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