Two men from Birmingham have appeared in court on suspicion of robbing teenagers with a "cowboy" gun in Hodge Hill.
Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how a 26 year-old man from Bromford and a 22 year-old man from Handsworth are accused of threatening two 17 year-old boys in Ashby Close as they pulled up in a car asking for directions.
They are also accused of robbing a 16 year-old boy on Johnson Close in Sparkhill and of handling stolen goods after an Audi A8 car was stolen in Edgbaston two weeks ago.
Both remain in custody and until their next appearance at Birmingham Crown Court in October.
The former Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: "I really didn't regard it as a big thing and I only mentioned it almost by accident at a press conference that we held a few days in to the government, not expecting rather naively, the huge reaction that it got."