A TEENAGER from South Tyneside was found with a bottle of potentially toxic liquid.
Police searching Scott Stephenson’s room in shared housing in Dock Street, South Shields, found a bottle of ammonia.
The 18-year-old told the officers he would squirt it in someone’s face and was arrested.
Stephenson, now of Green Bank, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to possessing a noxious liquid at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Claire Irving, prosecuting, said: “He was living in supported housing and staff rang the police to say he had a bottle of ammonia.
“When police got there he told them where it was and said it was ammonia.
“It was in a sports bottle and he said he would’ve used it to squirt in someone’s face because he was being bullied.”
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He told the officers what was in the bottle.
“He said he would use it, but that was in the spur of the moment. He tells me there is no way he would have.
“It was a very weak mix of ammonia that wasn’t brandished or in public.
“He’s 18 now and has had a very disjointed life but is turning his life around.”
Magistrates gave Stephen a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.