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Carlisle teenager admits “terrifying” knifepoint robbery of lone female

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] TEENAGER has admitted being involved in the “terrifying” knifepoint robbery of a lone female in Carlisle.

Ben Andrew Addison, 19, had denied two charges which arose out of an incident in the Melbourne Park area of the city.

But when he appeared before Judge Peter Davies over a video link from custody, Addison pleaded guilty to two charges.

He admitted both robbing the female of a mobile phone, cash and a handbag, and threatening the victim with a pocket knife.

Police who launched a public appeal for help after the incident, on the night of March 28, spoke of the female’s “terrifying” ordeal. A knife was said to have been held to her face and she sustained minor grazes.

Addison’s case was adjourned by Judge Davies. The court heard the defendant had also admitted three sets of separate charges. These include another Carlisle robbery, on March 19, and the possession of a blade.

Addison, of Melbourne Road, Carlisle, was told he will be sentenced for all his crimes on a date still to be fixed.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by the judge.

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