Olympic torch grab bid: Gravesend youth admits offences

Officers tackle the boy as he tries to grab the torch in Gravesend

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A boy who tried to grab the Olympic torch as it was carried through Kent has been ordered to pay compensation to the torchbearer and a police officer.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, attempted to grab the flame in Rochester Road, Gravesend, on 20 July.

At Dartford Magistrates' Court, he admitted common assault, a public order charge and assaulting a police officer.

He was ordered to pay the torchbearer Anna Skora and the injured officer £100 compensation each.

During the incident, on day 63 of the torch relay, Ms Skora, 23, of Lublin in Poland, managed to swerve out of the teenager's way as he sped out of the crowd towards her.

'Jumped to me'

He was quickly grabbed and pushed to the ground by the torch security team but a police officer was hit in the face during the scuffle.

The court heard as he went for the torch the 17-year-old shouted Allahu Akbar - Arabic for God is great.

He did not know what it meant but had seen people shouting it on TV, the court heard.

Following the incident, Ms Skora said: "I remember the sight of this guy, he jumped to me.

"This moment I remember [then] some security go to me."

The teenager was also ordered to pay £85 costs and given a four-month referral order.

Referral orders lead to a contract of behaviour being agreed with the Youth Offending Team.

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