Teen yobs on 10-hour rampage
AGANG of teenagers launched a brick at a pensioner’s head after stealing and crashing his truck, robbed a taxi driver at knife-point and dragged a woman from her car before battering her during a violent 10-hour rampage.
The four yobs - who cannot be named for legal reasons - terrorised people across Rochdale and Bury ‘for their own entertainment.’
Armed and dangerous, they prowled the streets looking for innocent passers-by to attack, police said.
A 14-year-old girl was the youngest among the hooligans.
She was made the subject of an 18-month rehabilitation order after the gang was hauled before Minshull Street Crown Court following the spate of horrific attacks.
The other three teenagers - a girl, 17, and two boys aged 15 and 16 - were locked up.
The court heard the carnage started at around 4pm on Wednesday, May 2.
The teenagers were in a taxi travelling along Bury Road when one of them grabbed the driver’s dash cam before demanding his phone and cash.
They poured a drink over the man before getting out of the cab and running away.
Around an hour later, the teenagers broke into a tow truck, which they then crashed on Half Acre Lane.
The 78-year-old owner chased after them, but the yobs got out and started throwing bricks at him, one of which hit his head.
The gang then attacked a driver on Kingsway at 11pm.
A woman was later dragged from her car and beaten up.
In the final incident, some of the teenagers flagged a taxi down at around 11.45pm on Dale Street, and asked to go to Castleton in Rochdale.
They ordered the driver to stop on Eskdale Avenue and threatened him with a knife before attacking him and stealing cash.
The teenagers all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.
The 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy were sentenced to three years in custody, while the 15-year-old boy was detained for two years and eight months.
Det Con Damian Reed, from Rochdale CID, said: “This group caused carnage on the streets of Rochdale and Bury, terrifying innocent people for their own entertainment.
“Not only did they threaten people but they went as far as hurting them. This included an elderly man who had a brick thrown at him and a woman who was physically dragged out of her car.
“Residents genuinely feared for their safety as these teens set about wreaking havoc armed with a weapon.
“At no point did they stop to think about how serious and scary these offences were and instead continued subjecting people to these brazen robberies deep into the night.
“Now they have been held account for their selfish and dangerous actions.”
●●The teenagers crashed a tow trick on Half Acre Lane then threw bricks at the owner – hitting him on the head