Cumbria man who threatened two women with gun jailed
Last updated at 14:56, Saturday, 11 January 2014
A TEENAGER from Cumbria who threatened two women with a gun and went on a high speed pursuit has been jailed.
Conner Newall, 19, from Wigton, was sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court for two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm and dangerous driving.
He was jailed for ten years.
The offences occurred on November 8, resulting in high speed pursuit across west Cumbria.
At around 1pm, police received a report of a robbery of a car where a 51-year-old woman, from Wigton, was sat in her parked car when Newall approached the car and threatened her with a gun. She gave him her phone and car keys. She was unharmed, though shaken by the incident.
Armed police were deployed to area and a search began for the vehicle, a dark blue Corsa, and the offender, who left the area via High Street.
At approximately 2.20pm, a further robbery took place at Kirkbride Post Office, where a female staff member was threatened by Newall, who was brandishing a firearm and wearing a balaclava.
Over £1,200 was stolen and Newall made off towards Wigton in the Corsa. Again although no one was physically hurt they were extremely distressed.
Police located the vehicle heading towards Abbeytown, where it was pursued at high speeds along the B5300 through Allonby, towards Maryport. It was forced to stop near Prospect on the A596.
Armed officers and the National Police Air Service assisted in the search for Newall.
Speaking after the sentencing DCI Mike Brown said: “I am pleased that Newall is facing prison after his dangerous actions. Newall not only caused huge distress to the women he threatened with a gun, but could have seriously hurt or killed someone through his reckless driving.
“Thankfully no one was hurt during the incident, and today Newall faces the consequences of his actions.
“The victims in this case and the wider public provided the information that enabled the police to bring this matter to a fairly swift conclusion, without anyone getting hurt not least the defendant.
“The back story to this case is that this was all driven by the defendant’s involvement in drugs, and the debts he had accrued as a consequence. This, yet again, highlights how drugs can have such a devastating effect on people’s lives.
“Indirectly drugs have led to decent people becoming victims of serious crime, not to mention the untold long-term psychological effects that these events may have on them. In addition the family of this lad will also suffer as a result of his decision to get involved in drugs and this should yet again serve as a significant warning to others. If you get involved with drugs this can be the end result. Here is a young man that will be wasting a significant part of his life behind bars.”
Rebecca McGregor, Crown Advocate for CPS North West said: “These crimes have had a lasting impact on the victims and I sincerely hope that now Connor Newall has been brought to justice and faces a substantial jail term, this will be of some comfort to them as they move forward with their lives.”
First published at 15:17, Friday, 10 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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