Teenager banned from Thurrock after knifepoint robberies

A teenage boy has been banned from Thurrock as part of his sentence after previously pleading guilty to a number of knife-point robberies at Lakeside Shopping Centre.

The 15-year-old boy from Southend was sentenced at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 7 following incidents of robbery reported in Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock, in November and December last year.

Victims were targeted for their phones and clothing. They were approached by the suspect who, as part of a gang, used or threatened violence.

During the robberies some of victims were shown a knife and in one incident the defendant punched and threatened to stab the victim if he didn’t hand over his phone.

The defendant, who can’t be named, was sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order for 12 months.

He is subject to a three-month night-time curfew and a three-month exclusion order, banning him from Thurrock outside of agreed medical or educational reasons, both monitored by electronic tagging.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Today is the start of a week of action on knife crime as Sceptre – a national initiative to tackle knife crime across the UK – is launched.