Crackdown as court jails mugger

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM A judge warned that courts would crackdown on street robberies and violence after he gave a 21-month jail sentence to a young man who carried out two muggings in Yarmouth.

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM

A judge warned that courts would crackdown on street robberies and violence after he

gave a 21-month jail sentence to a young

man who carried out two muggings in Yarmouth.


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Andrew Harris, 20, and two youths aged

17 and 15 robbed a man in an alleyway

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off Regent Road, Norwich Crown Court heard.

When the victim handed over £15, he was punched and kicked by Harris. Later that evening, he then carried out another robbery on a victim in Regent Road, taking cash

off a man who had just won money on the greyhounds.

Nick Methold, prosecuting, said a

witness described Harris as being the ringleader, and said after they had carried out the robbery. Harris and the two youths had run off laughing.

Harris, of Swirl Place, Yarmouth, admitted two robberies in September this year.

The 15-year-old and 17-year-old were both dealt with by a youth court in Cambridge. One was given two years' supervision and the other a nine-month referral order.

Sentencing Harris, Recorder Guy Ayers told him that he was significantly older than the two youths. He warned: "It's important the court takes a stand against street violence and street robberies."

Jude Durr, for Harris, said the offences happened during a difficult time in Harris

life as he had been living as a homeless

person.

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