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Getaway driver jailed for three years

The getaway driver for a violent robbery in Hythe has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Boyd Williams, 22, of Albert Road, Hythe, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 24 July after admitting his role in the offence at an earlier hearing.

Boyd Williams has been jailed for three years Credit: Kent Police

Investigations by detectives from Kent Police established Boyd drove two men to the town at 11am on 13 May 2013 in his black Ford Fiesta and dropped them off in Bank Street/High Street.

A short time later, the same two men assaulted a local businessman. They hit and punched him in the face and snatched two carrier bags with cash inside. One of the bags split open and was left behind.

The pair then jumped back into Williams’ Fiesta, to make their escape but they came to a stop in Dental Street as they were unable to get past a lorry making a delivery to a local shop.

All three men abandoned the car and fled the scene but the following day Williams was arrested.

Throughout the investigation and court appearances, Williams has never identified the two men who he drove to Hythe and fled the scene with.

"Williams did plead guilty, but he has never identified his two accomplices, however his successful conviction shows that Kent Police will vigorously investigate and bring to justice to all those involved in committing serious crime."

– Police Sergeant Darren Manktelow

Christmas getaway starts today

Gatwick airport Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people across the South are expected take to the roads, rails and airports today as the Christmas Getaway begins for many.

Gatwick alone is expecting one and a half million passengers to pass through the airport over the festive period.

Santa and his reindeer will be at the West Sussex terminals along with carol singers to get passengers in the Christmas spirit!