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Teens charged following armed robbery and pursuit in Hunter

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Three teenagers, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested following an alleged armed robbery and pursuit in the Hunter overnight.

About 1am on Wednesday 27 September, police were called to the New England Highway at Blandford.

At the scene, a 73-year-old man told officers he had stopped his vehicle to assist three unknown people who flagged him down a short time earlier.

As he exited his car, the youths allegedly took his keys and threatened him with a knife, before fleeing in his white Ford Ranger utility.

The man did not report any injuries to police at the time of the incident.

A short time later, officers were conducting patrols of the Singleton area when they attempted to stop the utility on the New England Highway.

When the driver failed to obey directions, a pursuit was initiated, continuing on towards Newcastle.

It eventually came to an end in North Lambton following the successful deployment of tyre spikes.

Three teens – two boys and a girl – were arrested at the scene before being taken to Newcastle Police Station.

The alleged driver, a 17-year-old boy, was charged with robbery in company, and police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly.

The passengers, both aged 16, were charged with robbery in company, and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

All three were refused bail to appear before a Children’s Court on Wednesday 27 September.

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