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Boy, 14, denies conspiracy to rob following Penrith town centre incident

Police at the scene by Barclays Bank

A FOURTEEN-year-old boy has appeared at Carlisle Crown Court accused of conspiracy to rob.

The charge faced by the child – and a 19-year-old man, Paul Stuchfield – is said to arise out of an incident outside Barclays Bank in Penrith town centre on January 16.

At the crown court today (WED)

The boy and Stuchfield appeared at the crown court today (WED), and each pleaded not guilty to one charge.

This alleges that they conspired together – and with others -to rob, on January 16.

During a 20-minute hearing before Judge Peter Davies this morning, the pair spoke to confirm their identities and to formally deny the charge.

A timetable for the progress of the case was outlined. A trial – which, it is estimated, will last around five days – is to take place at the crown court in front of a jury. This is due to start on July 1.

Before then, a further hearing will be held in mid-June.

In the meantime, the 14-year-old was granted bail by Judge Davies, while Stuchfield, of Kirkoswald, near Penrith, was remanded in custody.

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