Two jailed after knife-point robbery in Newcastle

26 May 2016 15:33 PM

Smith and Keenan [View Full Size]

Two men have been jailed after a knife-point robbery in Newcastle.

On September 7th, 2015, Thomas Paul Keenan, who is 20, and Steven Smith, who is 22, and both of no fixed abode, threatened two homeless men who were sleeping in a car park in Lisle Street in the city centre.

They were armed with knives and slashed one of the two men before stealing 27p from them.

They were arrested by officers and both of the men were charged with two counts of robbery and threatening a person with a bladed article.

They appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on May 12 where they were both sentenced.

Keenan was jailed for 20 months and Smith 17 months.

City Centre Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Wearing said: "Violent crime, and especially violent crime involving knives, will not be tolerated here in Newcastle city centre.

"These two men are dangerous and clearly a risk to the public. We were able to take quick action, get them swiftly arrested and thankfully they are now off the streets."

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