TWO young men facing prison for robbery have been given a chance to work with the probation service before being sentenced.

Elliott Wood and Macauley Owen were charged with robbery after a teenage boy was wrestled to the ground and punched before his coat was stolen.

The incident happened around 1.25pm on Saturday, April 10, on a footpath along the rear of the store on Thistle Rise in Coulby Newham.

Adam Walker, representing 19-year-old Wood, called on Judge Howard Crowson to give his client another chance to engage with a pre-sentence report while he was on remand for the robbery.

Wood’s co-accused 23-year-old Owen had been on bail throughout proceedings but also failed to engage with the probation service, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Judge Crowson adjourned sentencing until September 1 to give both defendants the opportunity to get a pre-sentence report.

Addressing Wood, of Coniston Grove, Middlesbrough, he said: “A report may well help you and I am going to give you another chance.

"You are still young and although you do seem to have a lot of appearances before a court they are mainly for breaches of the same order."

Speaking to Owen, of Fairfax Court, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, the judge told him that 'having a problem' isn't always enough to keep him out of prison.

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