Three jailed for knifepoint robbery

Three jailed for knifepoint robbery

Three robbers have been sent to prison for a total of more than 16 years at Grimsby Crown Court for a violent knifepoint robbery that took place in the town last December.

It happened at the Spar shop on Laceby Road on 19 December 2018. The individuals were traced by detectives through CCTV footage and information given to us from the public and from forensic evidence. The jailed men are:

Paul Blake, 39, of no fixed abode received 6 years and 3 months for robbery and 21 months for possession of a knife. His sentences will run concurrently.

Luke Page, 37, of Harold Street in Grimsby got 6 years and 3 months for robbery.

John Murray, 42 of Shelley Avenue in Grimsby was jailed for 4 years and 10 months for robbery, and 8 months for possessing a knife. His sentences will also run concurrently.

Detective Sergeant Terry Mellors of Grimsby CID: “I am very pleased with the convictions handed out by the court following this investigation. The shopkeeper was targeted in his business premises where he was subject to extreme violence by these three criminals who were in possession of knives. The knives were used solely to maximise fear. ” He continued: “Anyone who saw the CCTV footage will see that it was just by luck alone that the victim in this case was not seriously hurt. This incident was planned with a degree of detail in advance. It is a small business that these men would have visited and known, being just a stone’s throw from the estate where they live and frequent. I would like to make a special mention to the victim and witnesses in this case. Without them we would not have reached today’s result. They have shown incredible bravery and commitment in the circumstances. I would also like to mention the professionalism, commitment and diligence of the officers who have worked tirelessly in the case to bring about justice for the victim and for local community.”

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