Gang of eight jailed for armed pub robbery

They are facing between five and 18 years in jail

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Members of an organised crime group have been jailed for a total of more than 100 years for an armed robbery at a Sutton pub in south London.

Three of the offenders were jailed for 18 years for theft while another was jailed for 16 years.

The other four offenders were convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and have been sentenced to between nine and 12 years in prison.

In October 2017 four men in orange boiler suits rushed into a pub and forced eight people into the back office.

The victims were lined up against the wall and repeatedly threatened with a kitchen knife and a handgun. During the incident one of the victims was stabbed in the thigh.

A few minutes later two people were released from the office, it was later revealed they were two of the robbers who had been serving as lookouts.

The group found a large safe upstairs and were able to drag it to their getaway vehicle but were unsuccessful in their attempt to place the safe in the boot.

Detective Constable Will Man from the Met’s Flying Squad said he hoped the lengthy sentences offered “reassurance” to the public.

“They had no regard for any member of the public’s safety or welfare and carried out these violent actions solely in order to steal cash to fund their own lifestyle,” he said.

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