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TWO men have been jailed for a string of offences in Southend.
Ashley Harrison, 19, of London Road, Westcliff, was jailed for six years for six robberies, two attempted robberies, fraud and conspiracy.
Ethan Ellis, 19, of York Road, Southend, got five years for three robberies, three attempted robberies, theft, conspiracy and possession of an identity document.
The pair were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court last week.
In one incident, on February 7, Harrison approached a 19-year-old man in the Seaway car park, Southend, threatened to stab him and stole his phone and bank card.
Nine days later, he and Ellis approached a 15-year-old boy in London Road, Westcliff, and threatened to harm him if he didn’t hand over his phone. The boy managed to escape with his phone and the pair were arrested a short while later.
Investigating officer DS Chris Adam, of Southend CID, said: “Harrison and Ellis targeted teenagers who were doing nothing more than innocently walking within their neighbourhoods. They threatened their victims with violence if they did not hand over their possessions.
“Ellis and Harrison have been sent to prison for their callous actions and I hope this outcome offers some comfort to their victims.”