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Teens locked up over knife threat to man

Area: The attack took place at Preston Bus Station. Below Millar and Greenwood

Area: The attack took place at Preston Bus Station. Below Millar and Greenwood

Two teenagers who robbed a man at knifepoint on Preston Bus Station have been jailed.

Grant Millar, 16, and Brian James Greenwood, 18, admitted the robbery in which they took a motorbike and a mobile phone.

Preston Crown Court heard the victim, Shane King, knew Millar’s girlfriend and had been sending her unwanted messages on Facebook.

She arranged to meet him and went to the bus station with Millar and Greeenwood.

But when Mr King arrived on his motorbike, Millar and Greenwood pulled their red neck warmers – which denote the area of Preston they come from – up around their faces to disguise themselves.

Millar, of Norwich Place, Preston, produced a knife and told Greenwood: “Get his phone. Give me the keys”.

In a victim personal statement read to the court, Mr King said: “At the time of the incident, I was terrified as they were in possession of a knife. That is the only reason I handed everything over. I was shocked at what had happened and I was shaking.”

Millar and Greenwood then rode off on the motorbike and sold the phone for £50. The bike was later found abandoned.

Both men pleaded guilty to robbery and Millar also admitted possession of a bladed article.

The court heard both men were “easily led” and had made efforts to put their lives back on track since the incident.

Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said; “Your victim, understandably, was scared stiff being robbed at knifepoint with two or three of you surrounding him. It is no wonder he handed over his possessions.”

Greenwood, of Headley Place, Leyland, to spend 28 months in a young offenders institution and ruled Millar must spend 18 months in custody, in line with youth sentencing rules.

 

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