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Robbers who targeted cash vans jailed for 35 years

A group who robbed cash van drivers in Birmingham to pay for a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes and parties have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street Credit: West Midlands Police

Emmanuel Koryang, 22, Peter White, 25, and 19-year-old Lance Cotterell attacked five security guards in just over a month last summer, including a pub raid where they doused a customer in spirits and threatened to set him alight.

Places where the gang targeted drivers included Alexandra Theatre in Station Street, Broad Street's Cine World and the Edgbaston Tap pub.

The men spent their loot as soon as they got it on designer clothes and travelling the country on big nights out. CCTV footage from a club in Newcastle after the Morrisons robbery shows them throwing thousands of pounds around and splashing out on bottles of expensive vodka. It’s clear from the level of violence used in the final robbery that they were prepared to stop at nothing in order to get what they wanted and when faced with anything more than a lone van driver, their brutality escalated."

– Detective Inspector Ben West

The three men denied conspiracy to rob but were found guilty following a four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Last Friday, Koryang and White were each given twelve year sentences while getaway driver Cotterell was handed an eleven year term.

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Australia increase lead but lose Nevill

Peter Nevill was caught behind. Credit: Reuters

England lost the wicket of Peter Nevill in the first hour of day three, but made steady progress.

Steven Finn had Nevill caught behind for 59, as Australia moved to 81 runs ahead, which won't worry England too much.

Mitchell Starc is still at the crease on 36 non out.

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England fear Jimmy Anderson absence in Fourth Test

England are on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes lead at Edgbaston, but already appear to be bracing themselves for James Anderson's absence from next week's fourth Test.

Anderson is struggling with a 'tight side'. Credit: Reuters

Anderson had to leave the field mid-over on day two in Birmingham, wincing in pain with an injury England later described as a "tight side".

Steven Finn had much to do with England's surge towards a mid-series advantage, taking five for 45 to push his match tally up to seven wickets in his comeback Test after two years out of the team.

But even as he reflected on that heartening success so far, Finn admitted concerns that Anderson - who took six first-innings wickets here - may not be fit to take part on his happiest hunting ground of all in Nottingham next week.

He said:

For Jimmy to walk off halfway through an over, it can't be too good. But who knows - with some magical medical healing and some rehab, you never know.

Jimmy loves bowling at Trent Bridge - everyone knows that. If he was to miss it, it would be a big loss - but we don't know yet.

– Steven Finn
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England take 85-run lead into lunch

Joe Root made 63. Credit: PA

England took a lead 85 into lunch thanks to some good batting from Joe Root, but Australia will feel they had the better of the morning session.

Mitchell Johnson got two wickets early on, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took one apiece.

Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad were the two not out batsmen for the hosts, as they reached 221-7.

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