Gun boy's sentence reduced on appeal

A teenager who waved a gun at police in a stand-off after robbing a newsagents at knifepoint has had his sentence cut by top judges.

The 15-year-old, was jailed for four years at Leeds Crown Court in August after he admitted having an BB firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and conspiracy to rob.

Judges at London's Criminal Appeal Court have reduced the sentence to three years, saying the original term was too long for one so young.

Mr Justice King, sitting with Lord Justice Thomas and Judge Charles Wide QC, told the court the teenager - who was 14 at the time - robbed a Dewsbury newsagents and plotted to rob another with others.

The gang went into Farhan News, in Staincliffe Road, and asked for cigarettes, but left after the shopkeeper refused to serve them.

They returned and the appellant drew a six-inch knife and held it to

the man's neck.

The following day, the trio were approached by police officers.

The appellant produced a BB gun from his waistband and started waving it at the officers - both officers were frightened of being shot. The teenagers were arrested later that day behind some garages.

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