A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to five years in prison for two armed robberies at London hotels. Ayuub Mohammed threatened the staff at the hotel with a handgun.

Mohammed, who was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court, targeted the Arriva Hotel in west London where he obtained £180 and a mobile phone after threatening two members of staff at gunpoint. Then on the same day, Mohammed went to nearby hotel, Howard Winchester Hotel, where he came away with nothing.

DC Dawn Bolitho investigating said:

Despite his young age, Mohammed was willing to target these two hotels and commit serious offences for his own personal gain.

What this sentence shows is that the law will fall heavy on anyone using guns to commit crime and intimidate people.

The authorities believe that Mohammed could not have been working alone and are looking into whether he had any accomplices.