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Robber who 'terrorised' Mansfield businesses jailed

Jamie Lakin has been jailed for seventeen years Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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.”

– Detective Constable Neil Allsop


Photos released of robbers who targeted Halesowen shop

Police are looking for the three men Credit: West Midlands Police

CCTV images have been released following an armed robbery at a Halesowen supermarket.

The robbery took place between 3.50am and 4.05am on September 17.

Three men threatened staff at Asda in The Cornbow Centre with a knife and demanded to be taken to the cash office.

Once inside the offenders asked the woman to open the safe and then stole a considerable amount of money.

CCTV footage has been trawled and forensic experts visited the store for clues.

They escaped the scene in a distinctive blue Ford Focus. Police are keen to trace these men and the car – thought to have false number plates - as soon as possible.

They escaped in a blue Ford Focus Credit: West Midlands Police

The suspects - two described as black and one described Asian are all around 5ft 8ins tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Caroline Morris, on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Gran hailed a hero after fighting off robbers with stick

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.

Couple tied up and robbed in their own home

The couple were robbed in their own home Credit: PA

A couple in Derbyshire were tied up and robbed in their own home on Sunday night, police have revealed.

Three men walked into their house in Ednaston, off the A52, at around 9pm.

They threatened the residents, a couple in their sixties, tying their wrists before demanding property.

They took watches and a large amount of jewellery before locking the couple in a room and leaving the house. The man managed to break out of the room and ring police. The couple were not hurt.

All three robbers wore dark clothing and balaclavas and carried crow bars.

Items stolen include an unusual yellow diamond on a white gold necklace and matching earrings.

Anyone with information should call Matlock CID on 101.

Police release CCTV photos after elderly woman is robbed of church donations

Police are looking a man in connection with the robbery Credit: Leicestershire Police

Police in Leicester have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a robbery which left an elderly woman injured.

The incident, which happened at around 10am on Sunday July 26 in New Walk, Leicester, left the 63-year-old victim with a broken arm and severe bruising.

She was on her way to church when she was approached by an unknown man who snatched her bag before running off along University Road and across London Road onto Highfield Street.

The stolen items have not yet been recovered. These include a bag with a red Chinese logo on the side which contained a black leather wallet and personal items. It also contained envelopes with donations, which displayed the words ‘St James the Greater Church offering’ on them.

The suspect is described as black, aged between 35 and 40-years-old, around 5ft 5ins tall and of stocky build. He was clean shaven, had short cropped black hair and was wearing a light brown or grey top.

The man pictured in the photos released was seen in the New Walk area 30 minutes prior to the robbery.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact DC 2063 Matthew Wiggins on 101.


Police appeal after bank robbery in Penkridge

Police are appealing for information about the robbery Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery to come forward following an incident at Barclays Bank in Penkridge this afternoon.

Police were called by staff at just after 4:50 pm today reporting three males had appeared in the building and demanded cash.

No weapons were seen and none of the staff have been injured.

It is reported that the three men made off in a silver coloured hatch back car onto the A449. Police are urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to call the police immediately.

It is possible that the suspects will abandon their car and change into another vehicle soon after the incident so any reports of suspicious vehicles may help the police.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Police are currently responding and a full examination of the scene will take place.

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