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Two sentenced for armed robberies in Warwickshire

Michael Hackett, 30, from Beauchamp Road in Kenilworth, and Samuel Gold, 31, from Freshwater Grove in Leamington Spa, have been sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison for two armed robberies which were committed on Sunday 15 January 2017.

The first offence took place at a service station on Stratford Road, Warwick . Gold went in as a customer, while Hackett remained in the vehicle. Gold then drove to an area behind the station where access could be gained via a missing fence panel.

Hackett entered the store dressed in all black with his hood up, a face covering and gloves. He was armed with an imitation firearm and forced the cashier to empty the till. The pair escaped with cash and cigarettes

Gold then drove directly to a store on Church Road in long Itchington, where Hackett entered with the imitation firearm and proceeded to threaten two members of staff until they emptied the tills. Again, the pair made off with cash.

When Gold was arrested, the Walther P88 imitation pistol was recovered from under his bed. Officers also recovered a significant quantity of both skunk cannabis and cocaine, as well as dealer paraphernalia. Property stolen during recent burglaries was also recovered.

At the time of his arrest Gold was on bail for offences of possession to supply both cannabis and cocaine that was recovered from his vehicle that was parked near to his home address on 1st December 2016.

Gold was found guilty of the armed robberies and possession of imitation firearm during a trial in July 2017. He pleaded guilty to drugs charges and handling stolen goods separately.

Hackett entered a guilty plea to the robberies and possession of imitation firearm in April 2018.

On Friday (22 June 2018) at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Gold was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment and Hackett to 10 years. They will both have to serve at least two thirds of their sentence before any parole application can be made.

Detective Inspector Liam Barry said: "These were terrifying incidents for the victims and I hope the sentences handed down to Gold and Hackett reflect the seriousness of the offences.

"I want to thank the team for their hard work on this case which ultimately resulted in bringing the pair to justice. I hope the community feels reassured that these two dangerous individuals will be kept off our streets for a significant amount of time."

Issued: 4.15pm, Tuesday 26 June, SM, Corporate Communications

Published 26/06/18