Detectives have put a group of teenagers who carried out a series of street robberies before the courts.
The four boys, aged 14, 14, 15 and 16, committed 12 robberies and attempted robberies between them as part of their crime spree.
While nobody was injured, victims were threatened with violence during each incident, the majority of which took place over two evenings.
An extensive police investigation linked the string of robbery offences to the four teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The first incident took place on 24 November 2021 and saw a man have his electric scooter robbed at knife point by the 15-year-old boy at Forest Recreation Ground, Forest Fields.
All four members of the group were then involved at different points in a flurry of offences on 12 January 2022, with two robberies and two attempted robberies taking place in Lenton.
Cash, a phone and two pairs of headphones were stolen from two people during incidents five minutes apart, in Derby Road and Church Street.
Two further attempted robberies took place later that evening, with the group threatening a man and a woman before running away, in Cottesmore Road and Sherwin Road.
Three members of the group, the 16, 15 and one of the 14-year-olds, were then involved in two further robberies and three more attempted robberies between them on 14 January 2022.
A man was forced to hand over his wallet in Welby Avenue, Lenton, before someone else became the victim of an attempted robbery minutes later in Gamble Street, Radford.
Two further quick-fire robbery attempts in Park Valley and Castle Boulevard were then followed by a man having his wallet taken in Castle Road, all in The Park.
The 16-year-old boy was then involved in two further attempted robberies within minutes of each other in the West Bridgford area on 29 March 2022.
After launching an investigation into each case, detectives were able to link the offences to the four teenagers.
- The 16-year-old was charged with three robberies, three attempted robberies and two counts of fraud by false representation.
- The 15-year-old was charged with two robberies and three attempted robberies.
- Both the 14-year-old boys were each charged with a robbery and an attempted robbery.
Each of the boys pleaded guilty to all the charges at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 18 May 2022.
Two of the boys, aged 14 and 16, appeared before the same court for sentencing on 13 July.
Both were given 12-month youth rehabilitation orders and ordered to abide by a curfew for 12 weeks.
The two other defendants appeared for sentencing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 27 July.
The 15-year-old boy was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, while the 14-year-old boy received a nine-month order.
They were also ordered to pay £160 each in court costs and compensation.
Detective Constable Richard Evans, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “In each of these cases, this group targeted people who were on their own and attempted to intimidate them into handing over items by making threats of violence.
“While nobody was injured during any of these incidents, the group’s actions will have undeniably had a significant emotional impact on people who would’ve just been trying to go about their day when they were targeted.
“It really should go without saying but their behaviour in these incidents was completely deplorable and quite rightly landed the four of them in court, following an extensive police investigation.
“Robbery is a hugely invasive crime that can affect people in a multitude of ways, which is precisely why we have a dedicated robbery team tasked with investigating these cases and helping prevent these offences from happening in the first place.
“It’s important that each of the teenagers involved in this case understand the consequences of their actions and use this experience as a means of learning from their mistakes and bettering themselves going forward.”