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Three people who led a taxi driver to a quiet road in Bolton and tried to violently rob him have been sentenced.
A 16-year-old boy, who
cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty after a trial of robbery at
Bolton Crown Court. Today, Friday 2 November 2012, he was sentenced to a
detention and training order for 18 months.
Ryan Phillips (born 15/12/92) of Woodvale Avenue, Bolton, and another 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to robbery.
Phillips was sentenced to two years and five months in a Young Offenders' Institute and the boy was sentenced to a two-year detention and training order.
The victim was a taxi driver in Bolton who had started at night shift on Thursday 10 May 2012.
At about 3.30am on Friday 11 May, he was called to a fare at an address on Holmeswood Road in Great Lever, Bolton.
When he got there, the three defendants got in. They asked him to drive to Manchester Road, which was nearby.
At Manchester Road, the victim was then directed to Southfield Street, a quiet cul-de-sac.
The defendants said they would get the taxi fare from inside a house on that road.
Instead, the two in the back got out, opened the driver's door and made demands for cash.
The victim then found himself struggling with the pair to shut his driver's door and fend them off, but managed to press an emergency button, which sends an alert back to his taxi base.
During the struggle the offender in the passenger seat realised that the driver had raised the alarm and punched the driver in the face, before getting out.
While the victim tried to reverse out of Southfield Street, he was bombarded with an attack on his taxi.
The defendants were kicking the front of the car, and even at one point threw an empty wheelie bin at the windscreen.
When he got back onto Manchester Road, the victim slowed his car down, knowing that help would be on the way, even though he could see the trio chasing after him.
A police patrol was then flagged down by the driver, who explained what had happened.
Phillips and one of the boys managed to get away, but the other teenager was detained nearby.
He immediately named his accomplices, who were arrested a short time later.
The victim suffered cuts and bruises.
Detective Constable Steve Riddle said: "I am sure these young men will now regret what they have done and I am even more confident that this outcome sends a very clear message about how seriously police in Bolton take any attacks on taxi drivers.
"While the victim was left badly shaken up and should never have been subjected to this experience, the police acted as quickly as we could.
"This swift response will hopefully reassure taxi drivers and make them feel safer when going about their business.
"Robbers should not see taxi drivers as a soft touch and anyone convicted of committing such acts will be dealt with robustly."