Teen yobs on 10-hour ram­page

Rochdale Observer - - MEMORY WALK - Re­becca.day@men-news.co.uk @Re­bec­ca­DayMEN

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.”

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●●The teenagers crashed a tow trick on Half Acre Lane then threw bricks at the owner – hit­ting him on the head

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