|Teen jailed for attacking girls
A teenager who attacked two young girls - kicking one in the head - before stealing their mobile phones, has been jailed.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at an earlier hearing, and has today, 4 March 2010, been given an eight month detention and training order at Wigan Magistrates' Court.
The boy attacked the two girls, aged 18 and 17, when they were with another friend on the Bryn Recreational Field in Bryn, Wigan, on 14 August 2009.
At about 10pm that evening, the three girls were approached by the teenage boy, who became aggressive and demanded the 17-year-old's mobile phone. When she refused, she was struck in the face with a bottle of cider, punched to the floor and had her mobile snatched.
She was later treated in hospital for her injuries.
Her friend tried to protect her, but was also pushed over and had her phone stolen off her. As she lay on the floor, she was kicked in the head and the teenage boy calmly walked off.
The teenager was arrested the following month.
Police Constable Phil White, from the Volume Crime Team at Wigan, said: "This was a totally unprovoked and alcohol-fuelled attack on two young girls. The ferocity of the assault was such their injuries could have been a lot worse.
"Police are working very hard with licensees to encourage responsible drinking because sadly, when underage people are inebriated it results in this sort of mindless violence.
"I am glad the courts have taken such a dim view of what happened and sent the message that a spell behind bars is the appropriate punishment for alcohol-induced violence."