Young yobs put behind bars for park muggings

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TWO young men involved in a knifepoint robbery on five other youths in a park in Astley have both been jailed.

Elliot Reid and Joshua Singh-Banham were both sentenced to three and a half years’ custody for the robbery and 22-year-old Reid received an extra two and a half years to run consecutively for a burglary.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that mid-evening last September 5 the pair, and an unidentified accomplice, approached five youths sitting in a shelter in Tyldesley Park.

One of the victims, who recognised Singh-Banham from primary school, overheard a phone call about robbing them and the third man walked off but returned shortly afterwards armed with a knife. He pointed it at the face of one of the group and demanded he hand over his iPad, which he did.

The robber then threatened the other victims and demanded their belongings and the frightened youngsters handed over their mobiles, said Desmond Lennon, prosecuting.

Reid and Singh-Banham were arrested and 13 days later, while on bail, Reid burgled a retired couple’s Worsley home and stole £12,500 including three bracelets, mobile phones, war medals and a stamp collection. After Reid was arrested he helped police get back the medals which were of great sentimental value, said Mr Lennon.

The court heard that Reid has previous convictions including three for domestic burglaries and was on licence from the last one at the time of the new offences.

Reid, of Graymar Road, Little Hulton, and Singh-Banham, 19, of Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford, both pleaded guilty to robbery and Reid also admitted the burglary.