Two men jailed for armed robbery at Brightlingsea betting shop

L-R Lewis Wild and Thomas Turner. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

L-R Lewis Wild and Thomas Turner. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

Two men have been jailed for a total of seven years for the armed robbery of a betting shop in Brighlingsea.

Thomas Turner,29 of Illex Close Colchester and Lewis Wild, 19, of John Street, Brightlingsea threatened staff at the Ladbrokes in Victoria Place with a crowbar at 9,30pm on March 11 2017.

They forced open the door of the shop while staff were cashing up and demanded they hand over cash before making off in a car parked nearby, making off with £200 in cash.

The two men were arrest in Weeley on March 12 2017.

Turner was charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.


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He pleaded guilty to the offences at the started of his trial at Chelmsford Crown Court in January 2018 and was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment for robbery and a month imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon on February 22 2018.

The sentences are to be run concurrently.

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Wild was charged with robbery. He failed to appear to stand trial but was found guilty in his absence.

He was arrested in Brightlingsea on February 6 2018 and was sentences with Turner.

Wild was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment.

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