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Teenager charged with robberies against children

PUBLISHED: 16:39 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:27 07 September 2010

A teenager has appeared in court in connection with a string of robberies on children in Crouch End. Unemployed Matthew McLoughlin, 18, has been charged with nine robberies on girls and boys aged 12 to 16. He has also been charged with attempting to rob

A teenager has appeared in court in connection with a string of robberies on children in Crouch End.

Unemployed Matthew McLoughlin, 18, has been charged with nine robberies on girls and boys aged 12 to 16.

He has also been charged with attempting to rob two boys, both aged 13, and a 14-year-old girl.

He appeared at Highgate Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

In the most recent offence, he is alleged to have robbed five boys, aged 13 to 14, in St James's Lane on Thursday September 18.

He is also alleged to have attempted to rob a 13-year-old boy there on the same day.

In a separate charge, McLoughlin is alleged to have robbed a 12-year-old and 16-year-old boy in Priory Park on Friday September 12.

He is also suspected of robbing a 13-year-old boy in Priory Park on Thursday September 11.

It is alleged that McLoughlin robbed a 14-year-old boy in Crouch End playing fields on Tuesday May 27 and attempted to rob a boy and girl, both 13, in the same place on that day.

McLoughlin, of no fixed abode, will appear at Wood Green Crown Court tomorrow.

He has yet to enter a plea in connection with the charges.

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