Two teenagers who committed violent robberies in London have been sentenced to a total of eight years in jail.

Both defendants were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Monday 13 May.

[A] Frankie Batchelor, 18, of Southwark was sentenced to five years’ detention in a Young Offender Institution, for three counts of robbery, attempted robbery, three counts of attempted theft, taking a motor vehicle without consent (moped); two counts of driving with no insurance, two counts of driving not in accordance to licence, criminal damage, handling stolen goods; aggravated vehicle taking and possession of an offensive weapon, namely an axe.

A 16-year-old boy of Stanford Place, Southwark pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ in a Young Offender Institution, for two counts of robbery, two counts of theft, attempted robbery, attempted theft, breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order, and taking a motor vehicle without consent.A number of items were recovered during a search of Batchelor’s home address which included clothing matching those worn during the offences and a hunting knife.

Detective Constable Mark Cooper, Operation Venice Investigation Team said:

“These two violent offenders were a menace to the London public. In their brazen crime spree they used intimidation and violence to threaten, rob and steal from people going about their daily lives.

“They had a total disregard for their own safety and that of others. The put people’s lives at risk by recklessly causing a collision with a police car that has left Batchelor with a permanent leg injury, but could have been something far worse for all concerned.

“However, the tenacity of the Venice team led to the capture of the evidence needed to obtain their conviction and this sentence.

“Operation Venice will stop at nothing to bring to justice criminals who rob people, and will use every legal tactic at our disposal, including tactical contact to do so.”

Anyone with information should call local police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(Image Credit and Source: news.met.police.uk)

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