Teen avoids time be­hind bars af­ter at­tempted armed rob­bery

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A 17-YEAR-OLD who at­tempted to rob a petrol sta­tion with a knife has avoided be­ing locked up.

The boy, from Mac­cles­field, who was 16 at the time, at­tempted to rob Mo­hammed Ay­oob at the Esso garage on Churchill Way, Mac­cles­field, on De­cem­ber 2.

He was caught by po­lice in pos­ses­sion of a wooden-han­dled knife.

He ad­mit­ted at­tempted rob­bery and pos­ses­sion of a bladed weapon at Stock­port mag­is­trates court and was sen­tenced to a re­fer­ral or­der with Cheshire East youth of­fend­ers’ panel for nine months.

He must also pay £50 com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim.

Court doc­u­ments said that while a ‘very se­ri­ous mat­ter’ mag­is­trates chose not to give him a de­ten­tion and train­ing or­der due to his ‘sup­port­ive fam­ily’.

Af­ter the hear­ing, a spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice said: “At around 12.45am a teenage boy en­tered the petrol sta­tion shop.

“He pro­duced a small knife and de­manded money from the shop as­sis­tant.

“The as­sis­tant man­aged to press the emer­gency but­ton and told the of­fender the till was empty.

“As the boy left the shop empty handed a po­lice van had ar­rived on the fore­court and of­fi­cers ar­rested him.”

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