Ten teens jailed for gang ambushes


A Flitwick teenager is among a group of 10 men and boys sentenced to more than 37 years in jail following violent disorder in which a man was stabbed in Luton.

The violence unfolded in the Luton town centre on the afternoon of December 2 when a fight broke out which resulted in an 18-year-old man being stabbed.

Following the disorder and stabbing, a group of six broke into a house in Williton Road, Luton, armed with knives, in a bid for revenge.

Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd of Bedfordshire Police said: “I’m really pleased with the sentences handed out today and hope that it sends out a strong message out that violence will not be tolerated.

“Here at Bedfordshire Police we are committed to tackling violent offences and gang related disorder. I’d like to thank all of our officers involved in the case, from those in response and community who were first on the scene, to the detectives who investigated the incidents, for their hard work and help in fighting crime and protecting the public.”

The list of sentences is:

> A 17-year-old boy from Flitwick has been sentenced to six years imprisonment after pleading guilty to GBH.

> A 17-year-old boy from Luton has been sentenced to six years imprisonment after pleading guilty to GBH.

> Mohammed Lahdiri, 18, of Chapel Street, Luton, pleaded guilty to GBH and was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment.

> Derrik Clarke, 19, of Fensome Drive, Houghton Regis, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was found guilty following a trial of conspiracy to cause GBH, causing GBH and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

Six teens from Luton were found guilty of two counts of affray following a trial.

Two are 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons. One received a 12 month sentence and one received a 10 month sentence.

The others are:

> Ryan McEvoy, 18, of Wayleys Close – sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

> Jordan Wheedon, 19, of Denham Close – sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

> Rakeem Smith, 18, Dunstable Road – sentenced to one year and eight months.

> Juarae Walker, 18, of Denham Close– sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

> Sejon King, 18, of Williton Road, Luton, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH, causing GBH, possessing an offensive weapon, and violent disorder, in relation to the same incident. He is awaiting sentencing.