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Tombstoning thug named after daily overturns ruling

A regional daily overturned a court order to name a teenager who pushed another youngster off a 20ft high sea wall leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

The identity of 15-year-old Kyle Farrell would have remained anonymous but for the intervention of Hull Daily Mail reporter Claudia Tanner.

Claudia handed a note to the legal clerk at Bridlington Magistrates Court after Farrell was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to a 14-year-old boy by pushing him off the sea wall in Bridlington.

At the time of the incident, the teenagers were with a group of around 20 youngsters who were tombstoning – a controversial pastime which involves jumping from large heights into the sea.

Claudia’s note highlighted the fact that the victim, who landed on concrete steps after being pushed, could have died from his injuries which included a broken neck, fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a punctured lung,

She argued that the order under Section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act banning Farrell from being identified should be lifted as the case was a matter of public interest. She also cited the general principle of open justice with appropriate case law to back it up.

Claudia said: “I was ready to argue that Farrell had committed a serious offence and I had also been told by the detective in charge of the case that the boy’s mother was very upset and wanted justice to be done, which could be argued involves naming and shaming the offender.

“But the judge asked no further questions and quite quickly decided that it was a serious enough case to warrant the naming of Farrell.”