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By Chris Greenwood Last updated at 12:01 PM on 17th October 2011
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Cradling a sawn-off shotgun, he stands with the confident ease of a veteran gangster.

But the gunman is just 13 years old, and was involved in a ten-day crime spree that brought terror to a city.

Jobe Kilbride was the youngest of a gang of five teenagers who robbed shopkeepers and taxi drivers in Liverpool at gunpoint.

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Judge Mark Brown described him and his young accomplices as capable of ‘ruthless villainy’ and of having ‘no sense of danger’.

Jailing them, he said people were ‘sick and tired’ of the gangs and gun crime that blighted Liverpool

The judge ordered that all five teenagers should be named after they admitted armed robbery and firearms offences at Liverpool Crown Court..

Their faces covered by hoods or simply by pulling up their jumpers, they carried out their opportunistic crimes in just over a week spanning April and May.

In the first, a taxi driver was lured to a quiet side street where he was confronted with a loaded shotgun, and robbed of his car and takings.

Just 24 hours later, another taxi driver became the gang’s next victim after picking up three youths and driving them across the city.

As they neared their destination, one of the thugs grabbed the handbrake while the driver was threatened with a shotgun. He also lost his car and takings..

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Later that day two youths with a shotgun burst into a shop and stole cash after threatening terrified staff. Three days later the gang struck again at a convenience store where they helped themselves to cash and cigarettes.

The final two crimes took place within minutes of each other. CCTV captured the gang huddled in a bus stop in the Norris Green area of the city, then filing into another convenience store and robbing it, leaving the lone member of staff cowering in the corner.

As they fled into a nearby estate, they were confronted by the shop’s owner who was on his way to his business after hearing what was going on.

They shot at Sri Lanka-born Rajeethan Pulendran and his friend Mani Mohan who was hit in the neck and chest, but escaped serious injury.

Ringleader Bradley Beveridge, 18, who has already racked up a host of convictions, shouted abuse at the judge as he was jailed indefinitely. Kilbride was given four years while his older brother Declan, 16, was locked up for nine years.

Declan Culshaw, a 15-year-old who acted as look-out in the gang’s final robbery, was given five years while 14-year-old Dylan Currie was jailed for six years.

Judge Brown said the gang members had no respect for authority and ‘limited thinking skills’.

He said: ‘This case highlights the scourge of gun crime and gang culture which we have in our society today. The residents of those communities are sick and tired of it.’

Convicted killer threatens to sue prison over 'too thin' duvets
16th October 2011 METRO
A killer who battered a pensioner to death is threatening to sue prison bosses for taking away his duvet.

Ian Dickens is complaining inmates have been left with quilts that are too thin after officers took away thicker ones for fire safety reasons.

The 43-year-old claims prisoners should be compensated for the loss.

‘I asked the governor why, if our current bedding did not meet fire safety regulations, did he allow us to purchase them at considerable cost to us from his approved supplier?’ he wrote in a letter to an inmates’ magazine.

‘If they don’t want us to have our current bedding then they should either compensate us, or give us all a like-for-like swap.’ Dickens was jailed for life in 2005 for murdering 89-year-old Frank Garfield.

Dickens killed Mr Garfield at the pensioner’s home in Bournville, Birmingham. He had suffered a broken neck and injuries consistent with his head being stamped on while he was on the ground.

Dickens is currently serving his sentence at Leicestershire’s HMP Gartree, a Category B jail with more than 650 inmates. Former criminal residents include Moors Murderer Ian Brady and gangster Reggie Kray.

Prison officers told they can use force to get man to Carlisle court
Last updated at 12:04, Saturday, 15 October 2011 NEWS AND STAR
A judge has given orders that prison officers should use whatever force is necessary to ensure that a suspected west Cumbrian drug dealer is brought to court.

Dennis Rigg, 32, of Newlands Gardens, Workington, was due at Carlisle Crown Court on Thursday to enter a plea to a charge of possessing the class A drug heroin with intent to supply it.

But he failed to attend because, the court heard, he refused to get on the bus which would have taken him to Carlisle from Durham prison, where he is being held on remand.

Cumbria’s top judge, Paul Batty QC, adjourned the hearing until Monday, but said he would not tolerate prisoners defying the courts. “He will be produced to this court, forcefully if necessary,” he said.

The judge said prison officers were entitled to use force to ensure prisoners kept appointments in court.

But he admitted there is no such power to make defendants leave their cells and actually go into the courtroom once in the court building. “Once he is here he can make his own decision whether to come before me,” he said.

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