Louth jewellery robbers foiled by public jailed
The Louth jewellery robbers foiled by members of the public have been jailed for a total of 10 years.
Christopher London, 25, and Damion Clark, 30, both from Grimsby have been jailed after Lincoln Crown Court heard how the people of Louth stopped them in their tracks.
The duo wore motorbike helmets as they smashed their way into Eastgate Jewellers in the town centre on June 24.
A retired businessman stood his ground after one of the robbers stabbed him in the eyebrow, passers-by swiped the keys to their getaway vehicle and a travel agent yelled: “Who do you think you are, Bonnie and Clyde?”
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As the robbers began smashing up cabinets inside the jewellers, two passers-by came to help, standing guard outside the doors.
Others took the keys from the motorbike parked in the street and pushed it over so the robbers had to flee on foot.
Clark was detained by other members of the public, including a retired policeman after he tried to steal a car to flee the scene.
London fled towards Kidgate Primary Academy School, where he was confronted by deputy head teacher Paul Lidbury.
He fled, and was later arrested in a back garden.
Judge Sean Morris branded him ‘dangerous’ and sentenced him to six years in jail with an extended three-and-a-half years on licence.
London, who pleaded guilty to robbery and also asked for 12 other offences to be taken into account, was jailed for four years.