Prolific robber sentenced to 10 years in prison Date published: 2nd September 2016 1.33pm

A prolific robber has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of the vicious robbery of a 12-year-old boy.

On 2 September 2016 Lee Cole, 45, originally from Runcorn was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.

On the evening of 28 April 2016 a 12-year-old boy was walking along Wolverham Road in Ellesmere Port listening to music when Cole, who was riding a bike, struck him in the leg causing him to fall. Coles then put him in a headlock demanding his mobile phone.

The victim bravely tried to fight him off and a struggle ensued resulting in the victim being punched. Cole demanded the victim’s mobile and threatened to hurt him. Cole removed his phone and made off on his bike.

DS Rob Grantham said: “He was not long out of prison before offended again. I hope that seeing Cole back behind bars should reassure the community. We should all be able to go about our daily business without fear of being threatened or assaulted by people like this, and we will continue to catch those responsible and put them behind bars to protect our communities.”

“For a grown man to target a 12-year-old boy, assault and threaten him – all for something as trivial as a mobile phone shows what type of person Cole is.”

“The victim was understandably distressed by his ordeal and has been brave enough to go through the court process, which we have supported him with throughout. I hope this sentence will help this young victim move on and have a bright future ahead of him.”