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Violent Kendal robber jailed

James Walker
James Walker

[A] VIOLENT man who robbed a 16-year-old boy in Kendal has been jailed for almost five years.

James Daniel Walker, 24, held a pair of scissors to his terrified victim’s neck and nose during a night time incident on 19th November last year. He also struck the 16-year-old with a rock and tried to force a stone into his mouth, before ordering the teen to withdraw £20 from a cashpoint.

Walker was sentenced for that and a raft of other violent crimes at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

He had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of another teenager, also in Kendal, on 27th September. He had also admitted a common assault, possession of two offensive weapons and illegal drugs, and also two counts of wounding which related to football violence.

This occurred after Kendal Town’s home game against Lancaster City in March last year.

On that occasion, the court heard, Walker used a hammer to strike and injure two Lancaster City supporters as trouble flared. One received a blow to the back of the head and the other to his arm.

Walker, of Oxenholme Road, Kendal, received a total sentence of four years and eight months from Judge Peter Davies. He heard the defendant was “genuinely remorseful” for all of his criminal conduct.

But Judge Davies told him he had been guilty of “repeated and continued acts of violence”.

Detective Constable Tom Pearman said: “The incidents of street robbery caused great distress to the teenage victims and the sentence imposed today shows how seriously Cumbria Police and the court system take such a crime.

“I am pleased to see that Walker has now been sentenced for the raft of crimes he has committed in our county.

“Kendal is a safe place to live, work and visit, and offences of this nature are thankfully rare. We intend to continue working with the local community to ensure it stays this way.”

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