Penrith robbery charges

Date: Friday 18th January 2019

TWO teenagers were due to appear in court yesterday charged with robbery following an incident outside Barclays Bank in Penrith on Wednesday.

Four people, aged between 14 and 19, were arrested following reports that a woman’s bag had been taken outside the bank, in Market Square, at around 6pm.

Paul Stutchfield (19), Kirkoswald, was charged with robbery, while a 16-year-old, who lives in Penrith was charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article. Both were due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court. A second 16-year-old and a 14-year-old from the Penrith area, who were also arrested, have been released under investigation.

A police spokesman said: “The victim of the robbery was initially reported as having been unhurt. However, subsequent to the incident she attended hospital and was found to have suffered injuries to her leg and body. The injuries did not necessitate an overnight stay at hospital.”

Detective Sergeant Chris Brennand said: “Cumbria Police takes any report of an offence involving knives extremely seriously. I would continue to urge anyone who was in the area of Barclays Bank at around 6pm on Wednesday to get in touch.”