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Trio sentenced after Ashford robberies

Trio sentenced after Ashford robberies
Three teenagers that carried out a shop robbery in Ashford, stole a bike and assaulted another teenager have been sentenced.
On Tuesday 26 February 2019 at around 7.30am Joseph Hilden (pictured left), Sam Mills and Kieron Caton (pictured right), all now aged 18, went to the Co-operative supermarket in Faversham Road.

Stole bottle of whisky

Hilden entered the store, jumped over the counter and attempted to open the till. Mills and Caton remained outside keeping a look out. Unsuccessful, Hilden swiped a bottle of whisky and ran. On the way out of the shop he threatened someone with a knife.
A short time later the three of them stole a bike in Tudor Byway, Kennington. The victim, also in his late teens, managed to get the bike back but as he cycled away he was hit across the head with a bottle.
Both incidents were reported to Kent Police and a further call was received from a newsagents in Ashford after they had all been seen on CCTV outside the shop acting suspiciously and handling knives.
All three were identified by police, arrested on Wednesday 27 February 2019 and subsequently charged.


The trio were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 5 September 2019.
  • Hilden of Bredgar Close pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit robbery, two robberies and possession of a bladed article. He was given five years in a Young Offender’s Institution with three years to serve on licence upon his release.
  • Caton of Guernsey Way admitted to robbery, theft and the possession of a knife. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in a Young Offender’s Institution.
  • Mills of Bredgar Close pleaded guilty to two robberies and possession of a knife. He was given a sentence of one year and four months, suspended for 18 months.

Detective Sergeant Neil Martin at Kent Police said: ‘These teenagers went out of their way that day to commit crime where they threatened and hurt innocent members of the public leaving them fearing for their safety.
‘We are committed to tackling knife crime culture and removing dangerous weapons from our communities and will continue to target and arrest those responsible.

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