Terrible teens who tormented Merseyside before turning 20

These are the teen terrors whose crimes wreaked havoc, ruined lives and outraged law-abiding people across Merseyside.

Their crimes range from stealing cars and leading the police on high speed chases through the streets, to the most serious offence of murder.

Each of these offenders tormented Merseyside either through dangerous behaviour that made life a misery or by ruining the lives of their victims' families forever.

Many of them shocked readers not only with their heinous crimes but with their baby faced mugshots, which hammered home just how young these offenders were to be hauled before the courts.

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Their crimes also shone a light on how teenagers can be drawn into drug dealing, knife crime or other serious offences in our region.

They also horrified parents across Merseyside who questioned how teenagers could commit such shocking crimes.

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Carl Power

Carl Power, then 17

Carl Power first made headlines when he climbed up onto the roof of a house after a high-speed police chase.

He and then 20-year-old Jamie Carr spent 13 hours on the roof, hurling bricks and tiles, during a standoff with officers.

After a failed escape attempt, Power admitted aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage and handling stolen goods.

That led to an extraordinary exchange between his mum and the city's then top judge, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC.

But the ECHO couldn't name Power in 2018 because at the time he was only 16 and subject to reporting restrictions.

He was back in court on June 8 this year for dangerous driving on a scrambler bike – described by a prosecutor as one of the worst examples he'd ever seen.

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And because he has now turned 18, the ECHO could finally reveal the yob's identity and the litany of crimes he has already committed.

Power was involved in two chases with police in 2018, the first involving a stolen Audi A1 taken in a £60,000 raid at We Buy Any Car's depot in Vauxhall.

He and Carr admitted being passengers in the Audi during a 100mph chase on May 4, which ended when the car crashed, and they fled.

Both yobs were caught but released on bail. Four days later Carr drove Power around in a Skoda Fabia – also stolen from We Buy Any Car – again at 100mph, at 10pm.

Carl Power on the roof of the house

Carr bounced over speed bumps and turned off the lights to evade capture, then they climbed on top of a house in Tynwald Hill Road, Tuebrook.

Judge Goldstone gave Power a chance and handed him a two-year youth rehabilitation order and six-month home curfew in September 2018.

He is due to appear in court again for sentencing later this month, having already admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence back in May.

Robert Lingham

Teenage drug dealer Robert Lingham hid £4,000 of heroin and crack cocaine under a mattress in a hotel bedroom.

He was caught with the stash at a Travelodge in Fiddlers Ferry Road, Widnes in the early hours of August 3 last year.

Police also discovered £575 in cash, a small amount of cannabis and two mobile phones, which later revealed evidence of drug dealing.

But the then 18-year-old, from Runcorn, remained tight-lipped during a police interview and was released on bail, pending further investigations.

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Just over a month later, officers raided another hotel room the teen was staying in, this time at the Days Inn, in Liverpool city centre, on September 11.

They seized 54g of crack cocaine, which was said by police to be worth "thousands of pounds", and a small bag of cannabis.

On October 11 last year, he admitted possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and possessing a Class B drug, in relation to the September 11 find.

Lingham pleaded guilty on the basis he was only minding the crack for social acquaintances, which was accepted by prosecutors and the judge.

Judge Rachel Smith then sentenced Lingham to two years and seven months in a young offenders institution.

Leroy Allen

Leroy Allen, from Birkenhead, stabbed a boy in the neck at a house party

Leroy Allen, 19, stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the neck during a cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol-fuelled house party.

Allen attacked the victim from behind, inflicting a "deep cut" and permanent scar, stretching across the back of his neck.

Yet when the victim collapsed in pain, Allen's friend Charlie Agnew, 18, kicked the defenceless boy in the head.

Liverpool Crown Court heard there were up to 30 teens at the home, in Rock Ferry, Wirral, early on March 18, 2017.

Allen, who has a past conviction for battery and threatening behaviour in 2014, was arrested that March.

However, after he was bailed, he failed to attend a police station in May, and was at large for nearly two years.

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He was caught in a car containing around £40,000 of heroin at Southwaite Services, off the M6 near Carlisle, on February 19, 2019.

Allen admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply in relation to almost half a kilo of the Class A drug.

He was jailed for three years and four months in April 2019 and was not due for release until October this year.

Allen denied wounding with intent, while Agnew denied assault causing actual bodily harm, ahead of a trial.

However, on the opening day, prosecutors accepted guilty pleas to wounding and common assault respectively.

Judge Rachel Smith said Allen used a weapon to cause a "substantial laceration" and "permanent scarring" to the boy's neck.

She jailed him for 27 months, consecutive to his existing sentence.

Connor Parish

Connor Parrish, 19, of Cobden Avenue, Tranmere, supplied cocaine and MDMA to Bethany Devlin-McCrone, which cost the 14-year-old her life

Connor Parrish, 19, was jailed for selling MDMA which led to the death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl at her Wirral home.

The teenage drug dealer said "I'm sorry" to the family of Greasby teenager Bethany Devlin-McCrone as he stood awaiting sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court in October 2019 in floods of tears.

He was handed four years in a detention centre, for supplying cocaine and MDMA to Bethany and her friend, which tragically cost Bethany her life on July 24, 2018.

Police later traced Parrish as the dealer from messages on the phones of the teenagers and his home was searched.

Parrish admitted to officers that he’d been selling MDMA and cocaine for "approximately three to four months" leading up to July 2018.

The cause of Bethany's death was confirmed as MDMA toxicity.

Parrish pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying a controlled drug, one count of possessing a Class A drug and one count of possessing a Class B drug.

He was sentenced to four years in a young offenders detention centre along with an additional six-month and three-month sentence to run concurrently.

Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson stabbed James Halewood to death outside a block of flats

Michael Wilkinson stabbed 21-year-old James Halewood outside a block of flats in Kirkby on July 7, 2019.

The 19-year-old lay in wait for his victim near a block of flats before thrusting a blade 11cm deep into his left armpit.

James fled to a nearby store – telling a shopworker he had been attacked by "Mikey" – but lost his battle for survival around 90 minutes later.

Within hours of James' death, Wilkinson ditched his iPhone. He then shaved his 'ketwig' and went into hiding in the Tower Hill area of Kirkby.

He was arrested five weeks into the investigation.

Wilkinson was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 20 years, in February of this year.

Joe Ward

Joe Ward was only 17 when he used a knife to kill

Joe Ward stabbed his young love rival Eddie O'Rourke to death with a fearsome "Pirates of the Caribbean" knife.

The murderer was handed the weapon – with a 12-inch blade – by a 15-year-old pal, who was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter.

Ward, then 17, struck at a young woman's 18th birthday party at the Royal British Legion in Runcorn, on the evening of September 7, 2018.

The thug and Eddie, 18, had regularly clashed over a girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, over whom Ward had become "obsessed".

Ward was supposedly meant to have a straightener with Eddie in Halton Brook on August 12, 2017, but slashed his left arm with a blade.

Over the course of the next 12 months he made sinister threats to Eddie, including texting the girl saying: "I'll cut his face, the fat goon."

His accomplice also messaged another girl, who he mistakenly thought was seeing Eddie, telling her: "Leg it u slut – gna cut ur fella to pieces."

Then, on the night of the party Eddie and Ward came to blows again, with Eddie gesturing to Ward to take part in a supposed "no weapons" fight.

Ward, who had initially walked outside with Eddie, ran back inside the social club in Castle Road, where his friend passed him the knife.

He plunged the "sword-like" blade, described by a witness as being "like something in Pirates of the Caribbean", into the stomach of his victim.

However, he claimed he acted in self-defence and that he only "jabbed" out at Eddie because he was petrified of him.

Ward, 18, of Lockfield, Runcorn, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years behind bars.

His friend was locked up for just seven years.

Brian Healless

Brian Healless, 18, who murdered 18-year-old Alex Davies, from Skelmersdale, in woods at Parbold Hill, near Ormskirk

Brian Healless killed popular sales assistant Alex Davies in a brutal woodland attack during a meeting arranged through dating website Grindr.

David McLachlan, QC, prosecuting, argued Healless' behaviour was planned and pre-meditated, describing the 18-year-old as a "calculating, cunning, manipulative, dangerous young man".

They arranged to meet in Parbold on April 29, 2019 – 19 days after Healless searched Google for how much force was needed to break a skull.

The day before the murder, Healless asked Mr Davies what type of mobile phone he had – then researched how to wipe the data from that model.

He also sought information on how to create fake GPS locations.

The teenager then took a knife with him as he cycled from his Chorley home to Parbold, in West Lancashire.

When he found Mr Davies after initially struggling to meet him, Healless stabbed him 128 times in an horrific attack.

Healless was sentenced to life in prison in March and will serve a minimum of 24 years for the planned and pre-meditated stabbing of Alex Davies.

Callum Rose

Teenage Class A drug dealer Callum Rose mowed down two innocent university students on Slater Street.

The 19-year-old was fleeing a drug-related argument with two older men when the horror crash happened.

Dramatic footage of the incident, which happened after Rose raced from Bold Street into Slater Street, was shown to a hushed courtroom.

Callum Rose, 19, was in a hit and run on Slater Street, Liverpool, on Christmas Eve 2018, which put two people in hospital

Rose, who had been smoking cannabis, ploughed into two young men who were innocently crossing the road with two friends in the early hours of Christmas Eve in 2018.

Sentencing Rose to four and a half years in prison, Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said: "You drove the car directly into collision with these men – you literally mowed them down.

"I don’t believe you targeted these young men but your actions in driving into them and continuing over Mr Jones' body and then continuing your journey shows breathtaking callousness.

You did not stop after the incident or show any concern for the people you had run over."

Charlie Farragher, Joseph Farrell and John Hodgin

Joseph Farrell, Charlie Farragher and John Hodgin have been sentenced after driving a stolen car on the wrong side of the M53

Three burglars headed the wrong way down the M53 in a stolen car as police pursued them.

Charlie Farragher, 19, of Vittoria Street, Birkenhead was jailed for three years, nine months for burglary, aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and breach of a suspended sentence.

He was also sentenced for a burglary on 18 August 2018 in which a vehicle was stolen, and a making off without payment offence. Farragher was disqualified from driving for two years, 11 months.

Joseph Farrell, 18, of Cathcart Street, Birkenhead was jailed for one year, nine months for burglary and aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle. He was disqualified from driving for two years, one month.

John Hodgin, 19, of Tapestry Gardens, Birkenhead was jailed for two years, seven months for burglary and aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle. He was disqualified from driving for two years, nine months.

Lorenzo Crista

Lorenzo Crista, 18, of Greenleaf Street, Toxteth, poses with a machete

A snivelling teen robber blamed other "offenders" in Smithdown Road's "Romanian community" for leading him astray.

Lorenzo Crista was slammed by a top judge for "crying like a baby" when he started sobbing pathetically in the dock.

The 18-year-old was also warned he couldn't rely on the fact his girlfriend is expecting his second child to save him from jail – and that his attempts to shift the blame wouldn't work.

The yob was part of a gang of youths who threatened to stab a man and a woman in the early hours in Liverpool city centre .

A year later, he and another boy beat up a tourist, then stole his wallet and mobile phone, after befriending him in Mathew Street.

Crista also confessed to a "mean system" of distracting young women on nights out, before pickpocketing their mobile phones.

His Facebook account showed him posing with frightening machetes and swords, and an air pistol – sometimes in front of little children.

But his lawyer suggested his crime spree and "fascination with weapons" was influenced by "more sophisticated" crooks.

Crista, 18, of Greenleaf Street, Toxteth, admitted robbery, breach of a youth rehabilitation order and five counts of theft.

He was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institution.

George Kelbrick

George Kelbrick, 20, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for drug offences

George Kelbrick was said to have a "bright future" – but he was locked up in 2019 after being caught selling drugs in a city club.

The then 18-year-old was caught after being seen "hanging around the toilets" of the bar.

On his arrest Kelbrick, of Trispen Close, Halewood, volunteered to police that he had drugs on him and police found 10 wraps of cocaine weighing 3.1 grams, with a street value of between £124 to £310.

A single text message on his phone found by police also said: "Are you on the graft?"

He provided 'no comment' on interview but pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Kelbrick, now 20, was sentenced to 28 months in a young offenders institute.

Jordan Slevin

Jordan Slevin carried out a terrifying robbery while brandishing a "Rambo-style" knife.

The victim, a 52-year-old man, had been visiting a friend when Slevin burst into the flat brandishing the large weapon.

The 19-year-old demanded cash from his victim, who handed over money during the robbery in Providence Court, St Helens.

The raid happened on May 8 last year and police later arrested Slevin and found the large knife, a quantity of cash and cannabis during a search of his flat.

Slevin, of Providence Court, St Helens, admitted robbery and possession of cannabis.

He was sentenced to five years in custody.

Cameron Cruddace

Cameron Cruddace bludgeoned an OAP to death with a claw hammer

Teenager Cruddace bludgeoned to death frail pensioner Richard Percival with a claw hammer in an attack so frenzied blood was found on the ceiling.

The 17-year-old struck Richard Percival, 71, at least 12 times in a frenzied attack before rifling through his pockets and stealing £620.

Mr Percival, a popular former club secretary at his beloved Vulcan FC, was found dead slumped on a couch at his home in Dixon Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, on August 17, 2017.

Following the brutal and fatal attack, which shattered the back of Mr Percival's head, sick Cruddace boasted about his crime.

A friend of the teen told how Cruddace said: "'I think I'm born to kill'…what sort of person wakes up in the morning planning to kill someone?"

He was also described Cruddace as being happy with what he had done adding he was "bouncing off the ceiling" chanting "I have murdered someone I have murdered someone".

When arrested the teenager admitted killing the OAP and stealing cash which he then splurged on cocaine.

He later claimed he "flipped" after the pensioner sexually assaulted him and was only guilty of manslaughter, due to loss of self control, on August 17, 2017.

But a jury rejected his lies and unanimously found him guilty of murder after only three hours of deliberation at Liverpool Crown Court.

Cruddace, of Oak Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, was sentenced to life in prison on April 27 and must serve at least 20 years.

If he is released, he will be on licence for the rest of his life.