Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teen Admits Knife Raids on Cabbies; Refuses to Name Accomplice

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teen Admits Knife Raids on Cabbies; Refuses to Name Accomplice

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A BOY of 15 has admitted robbing two taxi drivers at knifepoint just hours apart.

The youngster, from Middlesbrough, was with another male also armed with a knife, who he refuses to name to detectives.

His mother was at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to robbing the drivers at 3am and 7.15am on May 9. One of the drivers received knife wounds to his hand as he resisted the attempt to steal his takings.

The knives have not been recovered, but scenes of crime officers found a footprint from an Adidas trainer and linked it to the boy.

Both drivers were called to pick up and take fares to addresses in Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough, where they were attacked.

The boy and his accomplice stole PS110 cash in the first robbery and PS60, a mobile phone and a credit card machine in the second one.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was on licence from an eight-month youth custody sentence for stealing a car, eight offences of criminal damage and common assault imposed at Teesside Crown Court earlier this year by the Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC. …

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