Victims ‘feared for their lives’ after knife robberies in Peterborough’s Central Park

Bubacar Embalo
Bubacar Embalo
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A teen who robbed five people with a knife on two separate occasions in Peterborough has been jailed for six years.

At about 9.30pm on February 22, Bubacar Embalo (19) of Earle Street, Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside, Greater Manchester, approached three students who were sat in Peterborough’s Central Park with skateboards, and offered to sell them cannabis.

The skateboarders, two teenage boys aged 17 and 18, and a girl aged 18, declined the offer, however Embalo returned 10 minutes later holding a knife and demanding their possessions, successfully taking mobile phones from two of the victims.

The court heard how Embalo said “this would never have happened if you had just bought the weed.”

The teens all ran off before Embalo approached two men in their early 20s, friends of the first three who were walking to meet them, and asked them if they knew three people with skateboards.

Upon saying they did and that they were friends, Embalo pulled out the knife and stated “well I’ve just robbed them and I’m now robbing you.”

The two men immediately ran in opposite directions and Embalo gave chase to one of them, but gave up empty handed.

Embalo was arrested on May 8 on suspicion of handling stolen goods and later charged with two counts of robbery and three counts of attempted robbery.

He denied all offences at Peterborough Crown Court, however, after hearing all the evidence, the jury unanimously found him guilty of all five charges on Friday (November 6).

Detective Constable Pete Wise said: “Thankfully no one was injured in these very serious incidents, but this was a truly terrifying ordeal for the victims who feared for their life.

“This result should send out a clear message that knife crime and robberies will not be tolerated and we will do all that we can to prosecute those who think this type of behaviour is acceptable in our county.”

The judge deemed the attempts “as bad as the actual robberies” and sentenced Emabalo to six years in prison for each of the five offences, to run concurrently.

He will not be eligible for parole for three years and, as he is a Portuguese national, Embalo will be deported after serving his sentence.