TEENAGE GANG MEM­BERS JAILED FOR RAM­PAGE

Boy’s head stamped on dur­ing two-hour crime spree

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

GANG of teenagers, who stamped on a 13-year-old’s head dur­ing a twohour ram­page across Bucks, have been jailed.

The group, whose youngest mem­ber is aged just 13, car­ried out a string of rob­beries and as­saults in Ger­rards Cross and High Wy­combe in De­cem­ber last year.

At around 4.30pm on De­cem­ber 30, the group threat­ened a 13-year-old boy with a knife in East Com­mon, Ger­rards Cross.

He was knocked to the ground be­fore the youths stamped on him re­peat­edly for sev­eral min­utes and made off with his phone, said Thames Val­ley Po­lice.

The gang then trav­elled to the Eden Cen­tre, in High Wy­combe, where they at­tacked a wo­man be­fore throw­ing her to the ground and stole a 14-yearold boy’s back­pack.

An 18-year-old man was also at- tacked by six mem­bers of the gang.

Eight boys have now been con­victed in con­nec­tion with the se­ries of at­tacks and rob­beries af­ter be­ing charged be­tween April 19 and April 21 this year.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Chris Jamieson said: “This suc­cess­ful prose­cu­tion demon­strates the po­lice and the jus­tice sys­tem will not tol­er­ate gang vi­o­lence. [We] will con­tinue to work hard to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe by pro­tect­ing and re­as­sur­ing the pub­lic.”

The full con­vic­tions at Ayles­bury Crown Court run:

A 13-year-old boy from High Wy­combe pleaded guilty to a count of rob­bery in Ger­rards Cross and a fur­ther count of rob­bery in the Eden Cen­tre. He also pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle and as­sault by beat­ing against an 18-year-old man. He was sen­tenced to two years and eight months’ im­pris­on­ment.

A 14-year-old boy from High Wy­combe pleaded guilty to one count of rob­bery in Ger­rards Cross, two counts of as­saults by beat­ing in­volv­ing a fe­male 18-year-old man in the Eden Cen­tre. He was sen­tenced to one year and eight months’ im­pris­on­ment.

A 14-year-old boy from Loud­wa­ter pleaded guilty to one count of rob­bery in Ger­rards Cross, and one count of as­sault by beat­ing in the Eden Cen­tre against an 18-year-old man. He was sen­tenced to one-and-a-half years’ im­pris­on­ment.

A 14-year-old boy from High Wy­combe pleaded guilty to one count of rob­bery in Ger­rards Cross, and one count of as­sault by beat­ing in the Eden Cen­tre against an 18-year-old man. He was sen­tenced to two years’ im­pris­on­ment.

A 14-year-old boy from Seer Green pleaded guilty to one count of as­sault by beat­ing against an 18-year-old man at the Eden Cen­tre. He is due to be sen­tenced on Septem­ber 4.

A 14-year-old boy from Loud­wa­ter, was found guilty of one count of rob­bery fol­low­ing a five day trial at the same court on Fri­day June 30, in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery at East Com­mon, Ger­rards Cross, and pleaded guilty to one count of as­sault by beat­ing in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an 18-year-old man at the Eden Cen­tre. He is due to be sen­tenced on Septem­ber 4.

A 14-year-old boy from Bea­cons­field was found guilty at the same trial of one count of rob­bery in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent in Ger­rards Cross. He was sen­tenced to one year and nine months’ im­pris­on­ment. The sen­tenc­ing took place at Ayles­bury Crown Court on Wed­nes­day July 19.

Ka­mal Brown, aged 19, of Mick­le­field Road, High Wy­combe, pleaded guilty to re­ceiv­ing stolen goods at High Wy­combe Mag­is­trates’ Court on June 14. He bought a stolen phone from the gang on the day of the of­fences. He was given a com­mu­nity or­der, a re­quire­ment of 50 hours of un­paid work and was fined a to­tal of £370.

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