Tearaway teen locked up after knifepoint robbery

Sunshine Wood, 27, the first person in Lancashire to be given an ASBO.
Sunshine Wood, 27, the first person in Lancashire to be given an ASBO.
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A drug user who robbed an addict at knifepoint and with the needle of a syringe has been jailed for six years.

Sunshine Wood, the first person in Lancashire to be given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order in 2003 aged just 16, tried to steal cash and a mobile phone off the addict, while wielding a craft knife just an inch from his victim’s face.

The 27-year-old, of Salthouse Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to one robbery and attempted robbery.

Preston Crown Court heard during this incident a witness had recorded the conversation.

Bob Elias, prosecuting, said a male drug addict went to see a friend at a flat on Osborne Road.

As he went up the stairs, Wood came out of a room, holding a knife and a needle from a syringe.

Demanding cash, he grabbed the man by his T-shirt. The male said ‘no’ and Wood threatened him with the knife and the man moved his head to prevent getting cut, said Mr Elias.

That incident fizzled out. Wood was then on bail when he robbed a woman in the Princess Street area.

She was on Central Drive when she heard a drug transaction taking place and asked the dealer for his phone number.

The following day she arranged to meet the dealer at McDonald’s but changed her mind at the last minute. Moments later she came across Wood who in a temper punched her on the right cheek, thinking she had bought drugs off somebody else.

He took £125 off her and her phone.

Wood, who has more than 100 previous convictions, was handed the ASBO after serving a 16 month detention and training order at a youth offenders institution.

He admitted threatening behaviour, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.

In 2003, the court heard how Wood stripped to the waist and was covered in blood as he fought outside St George’s High School in Marton as terrified pupils looked on.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Wood is a serial criminal. These are despicable offences and we are pleased he will serve a lengthy custodial sentence as a consequence.”

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