Highway gang robs tourists

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A gang of robbers was locked up after ambushing a car in a lane and leaving a woman fearing for her life.

Derby Crown Court heard last month how they got away with £4,000 from three people who had driven to Derbyshire for a weekend.

The gang was armed with a rounders’ bat, knife and crowbar, according to the court, as they smashed the car on Boiley Lane, Killamarsh.

One of the victims told police: “I have never been so scared in my entire life.”

Chris Lowe, prosecuting, said the victims were lured to the lane by Lee Hutchinson, 23, of Dumbleton Road, Killamarsh, who had worked with one of the visitors and said he would direct them to a hotel.

Mr Lowe explained the car was directed down a remote lane and when Hutchinson got out, the gang pounced and seized their cash in September, last year.

Hutchinson was jailed for 40 months after admitting robbery.

Sentences of 30 months were imposed on Christian Doran, 21, of Nethermoor Close, Killamarsh, Jake Hall, 20, of Crofters Lane, Killamarsh, and Lee Metcalf, 18, of Spooner Drive, Killamarsh, after they admitted the offence.

Judge Andrew Hamilton told them: “It is difficult to imagine a more seriously planned and callously undertaken event. The victims brought money for a weekend for hotel bills and to socialise. You were armed and laid into the car, smashing the windscreen and windows.”

Gurdial Singh, defending, said Hutchinson understood custody was inevitable. Lesley Goodman, mitigating, said Doran had been under financial strain. Nicola Hornby, mitigating, said Metcalf had matured and found work. Sarah Brown, mitigating, said Hall recognises the impact on the victims and his parents.


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