Five people imprisoned for armed robbery, Barnstaple

From Devon & Cornwall Police:

Five people have sent to prison today for an armed robbery in North Devon.

Police were called at 6.20pm on Saturday 26 January 2019 to Lyncroft Stores in Landkey, Barnstaple, following reports of an armed robbery.

Three people entered the store with their faces partially covered, in possession of firearms weapons and threatened the victims. They left the store with a quantity of euros and stamps.

No one was injured as a result of the incident and no weapons were used.

The offenders left the shop and travelled in the direction of Blakeshill road in a silver car, which was later recovered and was found to contain a number of items believed to be linked to the robbery. Two imitation firearms and a knife, believed to have been used in the incident, were also recovered and seized by officers.

Using intelligence, CCTV and information, with support from the local teams, the Investigating officers carried out a number of arrests across North Devon in the following days.

All five people appeared at Exeter Crown Court in March, where they pleaded guilty to the offences.

They all subsequently appeared for sentencing at Exeter Crown Court today (Friday 5 April) and received the following:

Thomas Sullivan, aged 39, of George Nympton was sentenced to 28 months for robbery.

Louise Hudson, aged 33 of George Nympton was sentenced to three and a half years for robbery.

Joshua Foster, aged 27, of George Nympton was sentenced to four years for robbery and possession of a firearm.

A 17-year-old male from Bideford was sentenced to 24 months for robbery and a 17-year-old male from South Molton was sentenced to 28 months for robbery and possession of a firearm; neither can be named due to legal reasons.

Detective Inspector, Phil Gray, of the Local Investigation Team said: “We would like to thank all persons involved in the investigation including firearms team, intelligence, and local investigations; this is a great result for all involved and the jailing of these five helps to keep out streets safer.

“I would also like to personally thank the community of Landkey, as well as the victims and witnesses, whose information was key to the arrests, and evidence vital in gaining these guilty verdicts in court.”

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