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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbria boys who threatened man with knife and stole taxi sentenced

TWO boys who threatened a Cumbria driver with a knife and stole a taxi have been sentenced today.

The boys, who are from Whitehaven and were 17-years-old at the time of the offence, were sentenced to a total of three years and four months for robbery and taking a vehicle without consent at Carlisle Crown Court.

On March 13, a taxi driver was threatened and had his taxi stolen in Herdus Road, Whitehaven.

When the taxi driver arrived in the area, a boy demanded that he hand over his takings, threatening him with a knife.

In fear of his safety, the victim ran from the area but was chased by one of the offenders. He managed to get to a safe area and call the police.

Whilst doing so, he heard the engine of his car revving and knew that his taxi have been stolen.

The taxi crashed a short distance away and both offenders were arrested and later charged.

They were sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today - one received a 28 months sentence, the other 12 months.

DC Jonathan Lowden said: “The actions of these two boys was reckless and they put someone’s life in danger.

“The sentence imposed today will be with them for the rest of their lives.

“The victim was left shaken and distressed by the ordeal and did the right thing by leaving the area.”

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