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Pair Sentenced After Violent Attempted Robbery In Barnsley

Tuesday December 17 2013


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A TEENAGE boy and a 21-year-old man have been sentenced for their parts in an attempted robbery in Barnsley.

Thomas Cash, of Daneshill Caravan Site in Retford, Nottinghamshire, was sentenced to five years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on December 15.

A 16-year-old boy, also from Retford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was given a 12-month referral order.

The South Yorkshire Police investigation began after a man saw a red VW Golf advertised for sale online. He spoke to the seller, 'Terry', on the phone and arranged to meet him in Darfield, Barnsley, on June 29.

He was driven there by his cousin, and while the pair were waiting to meet 'Terry' their car was rammed from behind by a maroon-coloured Vauxhall Omega.

Their car window was smashed and men wearing face coverings, armed with a machete and a handgun, demanded money.

The victim and his cousin got out of the vehicle and managed to escape, while the offenders got back in to the Vauxhall and drove off at speed.

The Vauxhall was later found in Carcroft, Doncaster. Thomas Cash and the 16-year-old boy were arrested and later charged.

Detective Sergeant Antony Coy said: "A dangerous offender has been put behind bars thanks to the South Yorkshire Police officers, who caught up with Thomas Cash and were able to secure enough evidence against him to lead to this conviction.

"This was an extremely violent robbery attempt, carried out in broad daylight when several members of the public witnessed it and would have been justifiably frightened by what they saw.

"This must also have been terrifying for the victim in this case, who had innocently attempted to buy a car after seeing an advert.

"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law. This case sends out a strong message to would-be offenders that such criminality will not be tolerated by the police, or by the courts."

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Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 11:07
Ooh WAB this story will go off like a Californian forest fire. Tsk Tsk, mentioning the word caravan site in an article.

Reply Posted by .... on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 12:04
Ok then let's pretend they're not pikeys and they never do anything like this.

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 12:46
"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law..."

Sounds like the start of a Prodigy song!

Reply Posted by Daz on Tuesday December 17 2013 at 15:48
Filthy scumbags bite the dust, merry Christmas to the people of Barnsley I think and a job well done to the police for removing these vermin from the towns of England.

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday December 19 2013 at 10:11
ha haaa. @ jon doh. brilliant. that made me chuckle. well done...lol

Reply Posted by experienced on Friday December 20 2013 at 09:05
Sadly they seem quite feral, usually un-schooled lacking social skills and aggression within the group is admired. I deal with them at least once each month and it's never enjoyable, Conflict and anger rises instantly and the slightest request to wait one moment, their patience is nil and yet instant demands of others is very high. It seems that empathy (walking in another mans shoes) is missing completely. There are easier to deal with ones but not many below 30 years old