Teen took hostages at knife point

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A WIGAN teenager is back behind bars after taking his care workers hostage at knifepoint.

The 16-year-old had only been released from secure accommodation a few days earlier when he held Kimberley Hodgson and Michael Smith captive at his home.

Wigan Youth Court heard that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, flew into a rage after they asked him to turn his television

volume down late at night.

He went into the kitchen to return with a knife and first ordered the pair to get out.

Ms Hodgson, 41, and 27-year-old Mr Smith tried to calm him down. But then he changed tack, locking the doors and threatening them with the kitchen knife.

He also ordered them to hand over their mobile phones so that they could not ring the police for help.

However he then fled the house, leaving his victims to call for assistance. Police arrested the boy a short distance away.

The court heard that the youngster had previous convictions including offences of violence and possession of a bladed article.

It had been a condition of his release that he be accompanied by at least two care workers at all times.

He had pleaded guilty to unlawfully and injuriously imprisoning Ms Hodgson and Mr Smith and detained them against their will on the night of September 26 to 27.

Justices made an eight-month detention and training order, the chairman adding: “This ordeal must have been terrifying for the care workers. The offence was also committed within days of being released from secure accommodation.”