Two teenagers have been sentenced in connection with a string of robberies around Watford including one where a knife was used to threaten the victim.

Rahim Ssenyonga, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 30, having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.

The conspiracy involved eight offences, which were committed near Moor Park and Watford underground stations between Friday, October 25 and Friday, November 29, 2019.

The pair were aged just 16 at the time.

Their victims were all aged between 12 and 18, with smartphones, cash and ear pods among the property stolen.

A knife was used to threaten the victim on one of the occasions, which the pair denied. However, having heard evidence from the victim and a witness, the judge concluded that a knife had been used.

Proactive patrols were increased in the area of Moor Park underground station and the pair were arrested by plain clothed officers from the Operation Scorpion Team on Friday, November 29, 2019, having just committed an offence.

Ssenyonga has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offender’s institution.

The 17-year-old has been given an 18-month detention and training order.

Detective Constable Rob King, who led the investigation, said: “Thankfully none of the victims were hurt during the robberies, but they were left incredibly shaken by the despicable actions of this pair, who targeted children, mainly on their way home from school.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and will always do whatever we can to trace offenders and bring them to justice. I hope these young people use this time to reflect on their actions and life choices, in order to become more positive members of society upon their release.”