Two University of Northampton students left ‘scared to go out in town’ after being attacked by teenage thug

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A 16-year-old who was part of a gang of teenagers who attacked two University of Northampton students has appeared at Northampton Crown Court.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, approached the two students as they were unloading a crate of alcohol out of a car in Weston Favell on September 12 last year.

Northampton Crown Court heard the teenager was with a large group of other youths, one of whom was carrying a large tree branch.

Stephen Lee, prosecuting, said the teenager demanded the students hand over the crate of alcohol.

When they refused, he punched one of the students on the left cheek and the other one on the upper lip.

The students then managed to get into their flat and call the police. Officers later identified the teenager from the description given to them.

The youth pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery on the day of a trial scheduled for March.

In victim impact statements read to the court, both students said they now felt uneasy walking alone in Northampton, especially if they saw large groups of youths.

Both men suffered bruising and swelling to their neck and faces as a result of the punches they received.

None of the other youths present during the robbery have been charged with any offences.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith gave the teenager an 18-month youth offenders’ rehabilitation order, stating he must reside at a particular address. He was also given a curfew order from 9pm to 6am.