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isleofwightcourtA 14-year-old boy with 9 previous convictions has avoided being sent to prison after an attempted robbery on Shorwell Post Office earlier this year, as previously reported by Island Echo

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a 6-month curfew at the Isle of Wight Crown Court when he appeared earlier this week. He was also ordered to complete a 2-year rehabilitation order and will be placed on an electronic tag.

The court heard how the young boy entered Shorwell Post Office on the morning of Tuesday 29th March brandishing a hammer. He threatened an elderly woman before then fleeing the scene without obtaining any money or goods.

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20-year-old Thomas Rioardan of George Street, Sandown was waiting outside the Post Office in a car which he was not insured or licenced to drive. He told the court he did not know the unnamed teen was going to attempt to rob the Post Office.

Rioardan has received a 12-month community order and has been ordered to complete 180 hours community service for assisting in the commission of an offence, a charge which he admitted.

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