Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thugs Guilty of Metro Attacks; YOUTHS SET UPON VICTIMS IN A SPATE OF ATTACKS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thugs Guilty of Metro Attacks; YOUTHS SET UPON VICTIMS IN A SPATE OF ATTACKS

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Byline: HILARY CLIXBY

HUNTING like a pack of wild animals, these teenagers terrorised students and schoolboys in a spate of Metro muggings.

Matthew Thain, 18, and brothers Ricky Duddin, 15 and Tony Duddin, 16, beat their victims with sticks and even brandished a knife in their campaign of terror.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how on January 24, Ricky Duddin targeted two boys aged 13 and 12 after they boarded their carriage at the Four Lane Ends station near Longbenton, North Tyneside.

He asked one of the boys if he could use their mobile phone but was refused and followed him and his friend off the train at a later stop.

He then grabbed hold of the boy, telling him he would be hurt if he did not hand the phone over and headbutted him in the face.

He went on to issue further threats of violence before the second boy went to his friend's aid and handed over his own phone, the court was told.

The next day, Ricky Duddin and Thain approached two 14-year-old boys near Monkseaton Metro station asking them initially for a cigarette and then demanding money.

Duddin threatened to beat them up and, fearing he and Thain were armed as they reached into their pockets, one boy handed over pounds 5 and the other pounds 10. The next day, Ricky and Tony Duddin were among a group of youths who targeted two students walking to West Jesmond Metro station in Newcastle and asked them for money.

When their demands were refused, the two Duddins and others pursued them through the streets and caught them as they headed for safety to a friend's home, the court heard.

Ricky Duddin repeatedly hit one student with a wooden stick until it broke while others kicked and punched the second student.

The two brothers and their accomplices finally scattered after the two students reached the doorway of a friend's house and managed to ring the door bell and someone answered the door. …

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