#UK Lancashire news: Boy 'nearly beats man to death on Blackpool Promenade then steals his bag' #UKnews

#UK Lancashire news: Boy ‘nearly beats man to death on Blackpool Promenade then steals his bag’ #UKnews

#UK Lancashire news: Boy ‘nearly beats man to death on Blackpool Promenade then steals his bag’ #UKnews

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Sickening moment boy, 16, ‘beats man in his 40s on Blackpool Promenade then steals his bag’: Teenager charged with robbery is remanded in custody as police arrest 16-year-old girl

  • Boy, 16, has been charged with robbery after man punched on Blackpool Prom
  • Video footage shows victim, in his 40s, ‘being asked for a cigarette then robbed’
  • The man was injured and has several broken bones and serious cuts and bruises
  • Police said an alleged accomplice filming it ‘makes this crime even worse’

A 16-year-old boy has been remanded in custody after being charged with robbery following ‘shocking’ footage emerging of a man being beaten as a girl is also arrested. 

The video – which police allege was filmed by an accomplice – shows a man in his 40s sitting on Blackpool Promenade ‘completely defenceless’ and ‘minding his own business’ on Wednesday morning. 

Another male approaches him and asks him for a cigarette then starts shouting at him near the seaside town’s Lifeboat Station.

The attacker then starts repeatedly kicking and punching the victim before picking up and taking his bag.

Lancashire police said the victim has been left with several broken bones and serious cuts and bruises but ‘thankfully’ no life-threatening injuries. 

Det Supt Becky Smith said the ‘level of violence displayed by the suspect [in the video] is quite frankly extremely disturbing and inexcusable’. 

Detectives said a 16-year-old boy appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court today and will next appear at Blackpool Youth Court on September 15 to face charges of robbery over the incident. 

Officers also arrested a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of conspiracy to rob this evening. She remains in custody. 

The video - which police allege was filmed by an accomplice - shows a man in his 40s sitting on Blackpool Promenade 'completely defenceless' and 'minding his own business' on Wednesday morning when a male approaches (pictured, stills from the footage)

The video – which police allege was filmed by an accomplice – shows a man in his 40s sitting on Blackpool Promenade ‘completely defenceless’ and ‘minding his own business’ on Wednesday morning when a male approaches (pictured, stills from the footage)

#UK Lancashire news: Boy 'nearly beats man to death on Blackpool Promenade then steals his bag' #UKnews

Another male approaches him and asks him for a cigarette then starts shouting at him near Blackpool Lifeboat Station

The attacker then starts repeatedly kicking and punching the victim before picking up and taking his bag.

The attacker then starts repeatedly kicking and punching the victim before picking up and taking his bag.

Lancashire police said the victim has been left with several broken bones and serious cuts and bruises but 'thankfully' no life threatening injuries

Lancashire police said the victim has been left with several broken bones and serious cuts and bruises but ‘thankfully’ no life threatening injuries

In a statement released, to Lancs Live, a force spokesperson said: ‘We posted earlier today about the shocking video of the man being assaulted and robbed on The Prom and we told you that a 16-year-old boy had been arrested and charged with robbery. 

‘Just to update you he has now appeared at magistrates’ court and has been remanded into custody. He is next due to appear at Blackpool Youth Court on September 15th.

‘We also wanted to let you know that we have this afternoon arrested a 16-year-old girl on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. We believe she was the individual who filmed the incident. She is currently in custody.

‘Some people have been asking why the boy has been charged with robbery. Robbery is a serious offence which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

The Blackpool tower is a famous landmark opposite the promenade on Blackpool's Golden Mile

The Blackpool tower is a famous landmark opposite the promenade on Blackpool’s Golden Mile

‘The offence is committed when someone steals from another while threatening or using force against the victim.

‘When we have reviewed all the evidence, we will of course consider any other appropriate charges. 

‘Once again, we would like to stress that such levels of violence will not be tolerated in our communities and we will relentlessly pursue those who commit such heinous crimes.’

Det Supt Smith added: ‘The level of violence displayed by this suspect against a completely defenceless man who is sat down minding his own business is quite frankly extremely disturbing and inexcusable. 

‘The fact that an accomplice sees fit to stand nearby watching and actually filming this despicable incident, making no attempt to stop it or offer any assistance to the male who is clearly seriously injured, makes this crime even worse.’

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