Schoolboy 14 in court over moped robbery spree

A 14-year-old boy robbed seven people of their mobile phones and other gadgets in just one hour while on the back of a moped being driven around London, a court has heard.The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went on a crime spree with an accomplice around Hornsey, Crouch End and Muswell Hill in north London, it is claimed.Between 1.15pm and 2.15pm on 7 June, seven people had their phones stolen before police identified two suspects on a moped. Officers seized the defendant from the pillion seat but the driver of the moped rode off.When the youth was searched, police found 13 mobile phones – nine of which have since been returned to their owners.The boy, from Tottenham, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning, charged with seven counts of robbery relating to six mobile phones and an iPod. The court heard that he was likely to be placed back with his family until trial but under strict supervision by the local youth offending team.He was ordered to abide by a curfew between 7am and 7pm, attend meetings with the youth offending team four times a week and barred from riding on any two-wheeled vehicle such as a pushbike, moped or motorcycle.Judge McPhee made the defendant repeat his bail conditions back to him before releasing him from the courtroom.Neither of the defendant’s parents was present in court, and Judge McPhee ordered that they attend on the next occasion. Dressed in a grey tracksuit, he indicated that he denied all charges against him.Because of his age, he sat in the well of the court flanked by two officers rather than in the dock. Listing the case for a management hearing, District Judge Robin McPhee remanded the defendant into the care of the local authority. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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