Two men sentenced for armed robbery in Shepshed

Two men who admitted robbing a building society at gunpoint have been sentenced to almost 20 years.

At 1.22pm on Friday 24 March Christopher Dennis and Marlon Watson walked into the Nottingham Building Society, in Bullring, Shepshed, and threatened the staff with a firearm, before demanding money. They made off with nearly £5,000.

Today at Leicester Crown Court, Dennis, 48 of Pedley Street, Ilkeston, was sentenced to eight years.

Watson, 31 of French Street Ilkeston, was sentenced to nine years and four months.

They had both pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.

DC Emma Kunne, who investigated the incident said: “This was, understandably, a frightening incident for the two members of staff who were in the premises at the time.

“People should be able to go to work in the morning and not have to worry about being a victim of an offence such as this. I know it has been a difficult journey for the staff members and I would like to thank them for their help and support with the investigation.

“I would also like to thank the members of the public who came forward and assisted us with our investigation. With their help we were able to put together an incredibly strong evidential package which left the defendants with no option but to plead guilty. Thank you.”

DI Gareth Goddard, who oversaw the investigation, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those officers and staff involved in this investigation, including the officers from Derbyshire. The witnesses helped bring this case through the courts.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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