Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shocking CCTV Film of Attack on Teen /

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shocking CCTV Film of Attack on Teen /

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Byline: Krysta Eaves Reporter

SHOCKING footage showing the terrifying moments of a hooded assailant stalking his teenage victim before violently robbing her has been released.

Michael Pinkney was caged for five years for the brutal robbery and a burglary on his own mum's home where he took PS50,000-worth of possessions, including his sixyear-old son's toys.

Now the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has released CCTV footage of Pinkney's violent robbery on 17-year-old Erin Garvey, which sees him tackling her to the ground as she bravely fights back.

In the clip Pinkney can be seen following Erin and her friend as they walked home from a family wedding.

He pulls up his hood before he runs at the pair, trying to snatch Erin's bag. When he realises he has been unsuccessful he runs back at the duo grabbing hold of the bag as Erin courageously clings on to it.

He wrestles the teen to the ground and the pair continue to struggle as Erin desperately holds onto her bag.

Their scuffle stops momentarily as Pinkney chases off Erin's friend who comes to her aid, before the 29-year-old drug addict turns his attentions back on her.

Finally, after around 30 seconds, Erin lets go of her bag and Pinkney runs off, leaving the former Our Lady and St Bede RC School pupil lying dazed in the road close to the Borge function rooms on Yarm Lane, Stockton.

Pinkney told her he had a knife, although it later emerged this was just a threat.

Erin, who recounted her "terrifying" ordeal to the Gazette immediately following the robbery in July, has said was "really pleased" with the sentence handed down to Pinkney at Teesside Crown Court.

The catering and hospitality apprentice at Middlesbrough College, who needed to be treated for cuts and bruises Stockton's University Hospital of North Tees said she was "worried" he might walk free and added she was left "shaken" by the ordeal.

Erin, who works for My Incredible Edibles at Preston Farm Industrial Estate said: "I manage on my own to the shop but further distances are harder. He put me through all this just for an iPod and a little bit of money. …

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