Robber who targeted boy imprisoned for five years

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A man with a history of gun crimes, violence and robbery has been jailed for five years after the savage robbery of a young man who was bitten.

Paul Crewe, of Goldbourne Street, Deepdale, Preston, was found guilty of robbery.

SCENE: St Mary's Street, Preston. Photo from Google Street View

SCENE: St Mary's Street, Preston. Photo from Google Street View

A court heard how the 25-year-old told one of the witnesses in the case: “I should have taken him behind a building, stripped him naked and made him walk home.”

He was convicted within 20 minutes of deliberations by a jury at Preston Crown Court.

It is understood he robbed his acquaintance, Robert Hewitson, in a dispute over a girlfriend.

Crewe had denied robbing him of a BlackBerry mobile, gold chain, and cash on St Mary’s Street in Preston on October 28 last year.

He claimed he met for a “consensual fight” over the woman.

Crewe was accompanied by another man but he has never been identified.

The pair subjected Mr Hewitson to a violent attack with a knuckle duster weapon.

He was also bitten on his foot during the scuffle.

Crewe will have an extended licence on release, the judge ruled.

Summing up during a previous hearing, Judge Stuart Baker said: “The Crown allege he has a propensity, a tendency to commit robberies and assaults.”

Mr Hewitson did not wish to speak about his ordeal.

Crewe, who is notorious for criminal activity, appeared in the Evening Post in 2008 when he was jailed at the age of 18 for threatening a family on Rose Lane, Deepdale, with an imitation pistol on Christmas morning.

Police, who traced him to a friend’s home, discovered an air pistol incapable of being fired.

He later admitted two charges of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Crewe also robbed a 16-year-old boy at knifepoint and headbutted him when he was 17 – with a court ruling he could be named despite his age.

He was sentenced to an 18 month detention and training order.

Anyone with information about criminal activity should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.