Men jailed after stealing 14-year-old's bus fare home

Two men have been sent to prison for 18 months each after they admitted robbing a 14-year-old Dover boy of £3 – his bus fare home. Stephen Campbell (20) of Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, and Michael Beardmore (31) of Weavers Way, Dover, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

The court heard that the two men confronted the teenager and grabbed him around the neck, demanding cigarettes and money. The boy was scared of being hit and handed over his bus money.

Members of the public came to help and flagged down a police car.

Detective Constable Lee Gerken said: “Thanks to prompt work of witnesses and police, these two have been brought before the court. I hope that the sentences they have received will spell out the message that threatening violence and taking money – however small the amount – will not be tolerated