Balaclava wearing teen threatened to ‘cut up disabled boy and dogs’

A masked teen armed with a knife left his victims "absolutely terrified" during a spree in which he threatened to cup up a disabled boy and a dog.

Billy Broomfield was just 17 when he went on a rampage demanding money or mobile whines while wearing a balaclava.

On August 27, he targeted several people, one being a Subway restaurant worker who he put in a chokehold and racially abused before he was able to escape.

Broomfield also threatened a man out walking with his wide, disabled son, and their dogs.

Southampton Crown Court heard Broomfield, who pleaded guilty at a previous hearing, approached the family and asked them for money before flashing a "two or three inches of blade."

He also threatened to cut up the family's dog an their 17-year-old disabled son.

It was heard Broomfield also held a knife just inches from a woman's face claiming he had £60,000 of debt and was going to rob her.

Police were called to Riverside Park in Southampton, and Broomfield was arrested but not before he managed to throw the knife in the River Itchen.

During arrest, Broomfield kicked one officer in the leg and spat, swore and hurled abuse at them, prosecution barrister, Archie Mackay said.

Broomfield faced sentencing for nine charges including robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a knife in a public place and assaulting a police officer.

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Defending, Keeley Harvey said her client couldn’t recall what had happened or why he did it.

She argued he was under stress and had been taking medication and drinking copious amounts of alcohol because of his lack of coping skills.

Ms Harvery said Broomfield is ashamed of his behaviour and incredibly remorseful.

Judge Nicholas Rowland said: "What you did was a spree of offending over the course of half-an-hour."

Broomfield, now 18, was sentenced to 34 months in a young offenders institution.

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