‘Cowardly’ pair robbed Leeds teenager of her motorbike

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A PROLIFIC teenage criminal has been jailed for his latest offending spree which included the violent robbery of a young woman and burglaries worth £8,000.

After being arrested for beating up and robbing an 18-year-old victim of her motorbike, Lee Norton went on a tour of south Leeds with police officers to point out where he had committed offences.

Leeds Crown Court heard Norton and his accomplice, Kyle Gorman, carried out the “cowardly” attack on the victim in Beeston on October 3 this year.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the young woman had bought the motorbike two days earlier after spending months saving to buy it.

She was pushing the motorbike to Beeston from her home in Holbeck to show it to her parents when she was targeted by the pair.

She was kneed in the stomach and punches were swung at her as she tried to stop them taking it.

After the attack, the victim stated to the police: “I think it is a bit cowardly that two males have targeted a lone female going about her own business.”

Police dogs and the West Yorkshire Police helicopter was used in a bid to catch them. Norton was arrested and admitted responsibility for 21 offences as part of the force’s ‘clean slate policy’.

Norton, of Waincliffe Place, Beeston, pleaded guilty to robbery and asked for the offences to be taken into consideration by the court including nine offences of house burglary and six of theft from a motor vehicle. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years.

Gorman, 18, of Windmill Close, Belle Isle, pleaded guilty to robbery. He was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to take part in a programme to tackle his behaviour.

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