A man who robbed businesses in Mansfield in July of this year to pay off a drugs debt has been jailed for seventeen years.
Jamie Lakin, 39, of no fixed address, carried out robberies at businesses in the town between 8 July 2015 and 24 July 2015 to pay off a drugs debt.
On the first occasion, he walked into One Stop Shop on Birding Street armed with a kitchen knife and demanded that staff on the till put money into a bag. He left with £90 in cash.
He then targeted Sainsburys Local on Westfield Lane, demanding money whilst holding a red screwdriver and telling the member of staff: “I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt you.” He grabbed some £20 notes from the till before walking out of the shop.
He went on to rob the Shell petrol station in Leeming Lane and Ladbrokes on Ladybrook Lane.
Whilst trying to rob Ladbrokes armed with a gun and a stick, Lakin was told there was no money in the tills. He then started to climb over the counter and attack the member of staff with a broom handle, striking so hard the stick broke.
He only fled when the member of staff made a grab for his mask, pulling it free. Lakin ran from the shop attempting to cover his face with his arm.
Lakin was arrested shortly afterwards and made admissions in his police interview, expressing remorse for his actions. He told detectives he had committed the robberies to pay off a £4,500 drugs debt.
In court, Lakin admitted three robberies and one attempted robbery. He also admitted possession of an imitation firearm. Six non-dwelling burglaries were also taken into consideration when sentencing.
“Lakin’s month-long crime spree caused great fear in the Mansfield community, not least among the town’s shopworkers.
“Lakin would typically enter a shop late at night looking to profit from scaring and intimidating staff, often women working alone, who showed remarkable composure and bravery when faced with a masked man with a weapon.
“We hope this strong sentence sends out a positive message that we will bring any such person who thinks they can use weapons to terrify people and steal cash that they will be caught and held accountable for their actions.”
A grandma and shopkeeper from Nottingham is being labelled a hero after chasing two armed robbers out of her shop with a stick.
Rasham Gill and her husband Sharinder were both on the shopfloor when three young men entered their shop Sherghill Stores in Arnold.
The men, believed to be in their late teens, were wearing 'Scream' masks and two of them were armed with knives.
They demanded money from the couple, but fled empty-handed after Rasham grabbed a stick and hit one of them on the hand.
Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing 16-year-old girl from Worksop and appealing for information from anyone who may have seen her.
Roxanne Wilcox was last seen at Doncaster train station at about 3.30pm on 2 September.
She was due to be picked up at the same station later that day but never showed up.
Roxanne is described as 5ft 5ins tall, with long, red hair which has been dyed purple and a nose piercing. She was wearing black leggings, a black t-shirt with a picture of gold trainers on the front and a black, zip up jacket.
The Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel will meet later to discuss cuts to the force in the county.
Last week the Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping confirmed a decision is imminent on the number of Police and Community Support Officers in the county who will be made redundant. It follows a consultation in June.
He said the reduction in staff numbers, including PCSOs, are because of the tough economic climate and the promise of further cuts to come.
A 29-year-old man has admitted knocking a man to the ground with a single punch outside a Nottingham bar.
Ricky Scott, of Albany Road, Nottingham, was caught on CCTV running up to another man and punching him violently in what officers called a "brutal attack".
The victim then appears to lie unconscious after hitting his head on the pavement in the early hours of March 1 outside the Bamboo Bar in Stoney Street, Nottingham.
Nottinghamshire Police circulated the shocking footage at the time in a bid to trace Scott after he left the victim with a fractured skull and jaw.
He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday where he admitted the charge of wounding and will be sentenced at a later date.
Censored footage of the attack can be seen below. Video from Nottinghamshire Police.
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Officers searching for a teenage boy who has been missing for 12 days are asking for the public’s help finding him.
Ethan Austin, 15, from Clifton, is described as 5ft 4ins tall, with blonde hair, green eyes and glasses. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured track suit.
There have been sightings of Ethan reported in the Clifton area, as well as in Radford.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.
A two-year-old girl has died after being in collision with a car in Nottingham city centre.
It happened at 8.10 this morning in Bolero Square.
The youngster was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where Nottinghamshire police say she died.
The family of a woman who has been missing from her home in Nottinghamshire for more than four months say they think someone may have taken her in, not realising her family are looking for her.
50-year-old Gloris Smith left her home in Nuthall on 22nd October. Her family are appealing to anyone who might know where she is to get in touch. There was a sighting in Nottingham around Christmas time, but nothing since.
A twenty-thousand pound reward is being offered for new information about the murder of a taxi driver shot dead 20 years ago today.
Ethsham Ghafoor was shot in the head in what police describe as an "execution-style" killling at Gedling in Nottingham in 1994.
Today police and family will make a new appeal for anyone who has information about the killing.