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Gravesend teens due in court over pensioner mugging
TWO teenagers from Gravesend are to appear before magistrates on Tuesday charged in connection with a spate of robberies and thefts in north Kent.
The boys, aged 16 and 17 who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of stealing an 80-year-old woman’s purse and shopping bag.
The pensioner was walking along Gordon Place in Gravesend when she was surrounded by a group of youths at about 1.30pm on September 25.
One of them is alleged to have snatched her shopping bag and ran away with it. The bag, which contained groceries, was later recovered, although the lady’s purse, which had in it a mobile phone and £10, was missing.
The second incident is alleged to have taken place in an alleyway by Chatham railway station between 10pm and 10.30pm on September 27.
The victim, a 23 year old local man, was hit on the back of his head before the offenders stole his mobile phone from his shoulder bag.
Police were called and officers arrested the teenagers in Rochester High Street.
A third teenager, another 17 year old boy from Gravesend, was also arrested on suspicion of robbery and bailed pending further investigation until November 13.
The 17 year old boy charged with the two robberies has also been charged with theft and using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of distress, relating to an incident in North Street, Strood, at around 7pm on September 27.
A man had some money stolen by someone demanding his mobile phone.
Both teenagers appeared at magistrates’ court on September 30 and were released on bail to appear at Dartford Magistrates’ Court on October 8.