Knife robbers jailed

Three thieves have been locked up for robbing Hitchin youngsters at knife point.

Louis Cowern, a 19-year-old from Kettering and two 17-year-olds from the same area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were given custodial sentences after pleading guilty at Luton Crown Court to robbing four 15 and 16-year-olds in February.

The court was told that Cowern drove up behind the group at 10.30pm when the offenders got out armed with knives and a baseball bat. After threatening the group they stole jackets and mobile phones.

The robbers then went on to Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire where they attacked a 16-year-old, who tried to escape, stealing his mobile phone and wallet.

This last victim made a note of the robber’s car registration number and reported it to the police. Two days later the car was stopped with the three offenders and their weapons inside.

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Cowern was sentenced to 12 months youth custody while the 17-year-olds were each given a 12 month detention and training order.

They were also each ordered to pay �500 in compensation to the victims.

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The prosecution said a fourth man involved in the crimes had not been caught.

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