Preston bus station robbery of child was filmed by offenders and posted on Snapchat website

Two men and a woman filmed themselves robbing a 14-year-old boy at Preston Bus Station and posted it on a social media site.

By Stef Hall
Monday, 14th December 2020, 2:32 pm

Kane Kirkham, 18, of New Hall Lane, recorded the attack on his phone while a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, punched the boy and stole his jacket.

Their co-defendant Jane Louise Addison, 20, of Lark Hill Street, Preston, watched as the robbery unfolded at around 6pm on April 9, 2019.

The video, which was later uploaded to Snapchat emblazoned with the strapline ' street robbery', was played in court, along with CCTV from the bus station.

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All three defendants admit robbing him for a Stone Island jacket and Amber Leaf tobacco worth £290, but Addison absconded from court before the sentencing began and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

The Post has not published the clip as the victim and one of the defendants are protected by a court order.

Prosecuting, Karen Brooks said police were alerted to a robbery by someone who saw the video online.

The tobacco was found in Addison's home.

The 15-year-old was arrested at his home on April 11.

The following day their young victim was interviewed, telling officers he went to the bus station with friends to meet his girlfriend before walking towards a nearby taxi rank.

He saw the trio walk towards them, and the 15-year-old asked his name before asking for a 'one-on-one' fight, punching him and demanding his jacket.

The victim told police he "didn't feel threatened" and that "it's a natural thing that happens in Preston".

Kirkham was also sentenced for another incident in which he pulled up at Preston College in a moped and chased a student with a 60cm bladed machete.

The court heard on November 4, 2019, Kirkham's girlfriend was standing in the smoking shelter on the phone to Kirkham when another man insulted her.

Ms Brooks said: " Witnesses believe this was heard by the defendant as she said: 'No no you don't need to.'

"Almost immediately a moped pulled onto the college car park and drove towards the smoking shelter."

Kirkham climbed off while the moped was still running, and the other youth asked if he wanted to fight.

Kirkham lifted his visor, pulled out the large machete, raised it in the air and ran directly toward the boy.

He rode off shouting insults.

Judge Simon Newell imposed an 18 community order on Kirkham with a curfew and requirement to attend the Rethink programme.

The 16-year-old got a youth rehabilitation order with Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) and a curfew.