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Teenager jailed for knifepoint robberies in Nottingham

Wenego admitted three counts of robbery and three counts of being in possession of a bladed article in relation to the Aspley offences.

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A teenager has been jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to three robberies in Aspley.

Charles Wenego, 18, of Percy Street, Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing yesterday (Monday 15 July 2019).

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On the evening of 31 January 2019, in Harwill Crescent, Wenego approached a man from behind who was walking home with his bicycle. Wenego threatened him with a knife before taking his bike.

Wenego was again armed with a knife when he robbed a 15-year-old boy in Minver Crescent on 5 February 2019.

He ordered the boy to empty his pockets before taking £90 from him.

On the night of 10 February 2019 Wenego robbed a third victim after pulling out a knife from his waistband. He took the victim’s mobile phone and told him to ‘move on’.

Wenego admitted three counts of robbery and three counts of being in possession of a bladed article in relation to the Aspley offences.

Speaking after his sentencing Detective Inspector Kayne Rukas said: “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to remove this dangerous knife offender from the streets of Nottinghamshire.

“Every knife incident has potentially serious or life-changing consequences which is why Nottinghamshire Police treats it extremely seriously.

“In 2016 we set up our own dedicated Knife Crime Team – the only one outside of the Metropolitan Police – and which has a high rate of success with intelligence-led enforcement.

“Our targeted approach continues to see more knives taken off the streets and more offenders brought to justice.

“In addition we have invested in Schools and Early Intervention Officers to work with schoolchildren across the county as part of our efforts to prevent knife crime happening in the first place and we work closely with our local partners to help tackle what is a societal issue.”

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