Three people from Boston are among ten that have been today (Wednesday), been sentence to a combined total of more than 80 years in prison following an armed robbery in Newark.
At just before 5pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, four men were seen to enter Andrew Michael’s jewellers on Stodman Street armed with hammers and a shotgun and stole around £250,000 worth of watches and jewellery.
As they were about to escape, they were confronted by two off-duty Lincolnshire police officers who had heard the commotion.
They tried to stop the offenders even though they were threatened, one of them grabbed a man as he got into the getaway car, a black Audi A6 which was parked outside, and was dragged some feet down the road before the offenders got away.
The black Audi was found nearby in Princes Street a few hours later.
Following a lengthy and complicated investigation involving other forces the group were arrested and charged.
They included Tommy Walden, 28, of Peck Avenue; Michelle Bradley, 30, of Forbes Road, in Boston, and Emma Porter, 35, of Allington Garden, in Boston.
Today at Nottingham Crown Court they were all sentenced:
l Nathan Clarke, 28, of Wrigsham Street in Coventry received 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob and converting criminal property. He was also given a further two years for an unrelated offence.
l Adil Yasin, 25, of Oakwood Road, Springfield in Birmingham; Imran Zamir, 24, of Gladstone Road in Sparbrook, Birmingham; Raju Miah, 25, from Birmingham and Tommy Walden, 28, of Peck Avenue in Boston, Lincolnshire were each given ten years, eight months for conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.
l John Daly, 29, of Station Road in Kings Norton, Birmingham received 15 years, six months for conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.
l Michelle Bradley, 30, of Forbes Road in Boston, Lincolnshire and Emma Porter, 35, of Allington Garden in Boston, Lincolnshire each received four years for conspiracy to rob.
l Shah Alam, 39, of Floyer Road in Birmingham was given ten months for conspiracy to convert stolen property.
All of the above pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Abdul Khalique, 38, of Pickard Street, Islington in London was found guilty of conspiracy to convert stolen property after trial and sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Detective Inspector Jamie Hill of Nottinghamshire Police said: “this was a very organised and high value crime where a number of people from different counties across the midlands played key roles in the offence. The sentences given today in my view reflects the severity of the offence.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved - the off-duty Lincolnshire Police officers who displayed real heroism in trying to stop the offence, to all of my investigation team and the public for their support in this investigation”