Burnley men jailed over terrifying Clayton-le-Moors raid

Blackburn Citizen: Nasir Ahmed with the cricket bat he used to defend himself from Steven Robinson (top) and Stewart Murphy Nasir Ahmed with the cricket bat he used to defend himself from Steven Robinson (top) and Stewart Murphy

TWO men who took part in a terrifying armed raid attempt on a corner shop in East Lancashire have been jailed for a total of almost nine years.

Burnley Crown Court heard how masked Steven Robinson, 28, and Stewart Murphy, 19, went into Londis News Extra, in Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors, with an axe and a Samurai sword on May 10, last year.

The pair did not take anything of value and were chased from the store after the owner, Nasir Ahmed, who feared for his life, got a cricket bat from behind the counter. Robinson and his accomplice, who had been carrying the sword, which Mr Ahmed did not see, fled in a getaway car.

Their disguises and the car were found aband-oned nearby.

Robinson, of no fixed address, had been convic- ted of attempted robbery after a trial. Murphy, of Manor Street, Accring-ton, admitted the alleg-ation.

Robinson was jailed for five-and-a-half years. His co-defendant was sent to detention for three years two months. The driver, Jason McCash, 27, of Springhill Road, Accrin-gton, was jailed for five years in January, after pleading guilty to attem-pted robbery.

Mark Lamberty, pros-ecuting, said Mr Ahmed was in his store at about 7pm. There were no customers. He had his back to the entrance.

The first man, wearing a black woollen hat, went immediately to the alcohol section. The second man stood in front of the counter. He wore a balac- lava and was carrying a two-foot long axe in his gloved hands. Mr Ahmed got the bat, challenged the men and they fled, with the shopkeeper pur- suing them out onto the street. The pair got into a car outside the shop, which was driven off.

The incident was cap-tured on CCTV. An officer later found a locked Volkswagen in an alley at the back of Rishton Road. There was an axe on the back seat and a Samurai sword in the front passenger footwell.

Two boys out playing off Charles Street, near the store, later found a sports bag in a bush. It contained two black wooll- en balaclavas, clothing, and a set of VW keys.

The hearing was told Robinson was arrested in January. He was hiding in a cupboard in the kit-chen at an address in Burnley.

Murphy, said to run three local football teams, owned up to taking part when he was arrested over criminal damage on another occasion, and said he had had the sword Mr Lamberty said after Mr Ahmed’s ordeal, he felt stressed and his sleep had been affected.

Judge Simon Newell said the axe and the sword were ‘fearsome weapons’. He continued: “This was a somewhat sophisticated, pre-plann-ed, attempted robbery on a vulnerable man in a corner shop.”

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12:45pm Mon 9 Jul 12

hasslem hasslem says...

fair play to mr ahmed, well done! - the two idiots do not look like the brightest buttons on the blazer. for the judge to describe it as "sophiticated" is pushing the boundaries of the dictionary definition of the word.
fair play to mr ahmed, well done! - the two idiots do not look like the brightest buttons on the blazer. for the judge to describe it as "sophiticated" is pushing the boundaries of the dictionary definition of the word. hasslem hasslem

1:18pm Mon 9 Jul 12

accy lad and proud says...

Good job he was a keen cricketer.
Good job he was a keen cricketer. accy lad and proud

1:42pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Keith Myath says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
fair play to mr ahmed, well done! - the two idiots do not look like the brightest buttons on the blazer. for the judge to describe it as "sophiticated" is pushing the boundaries of the dictionary definition of the word.
I don't know if the use of "boundaries" was deliberate pun (if so, not bad) but, in an ideal world, Mr. Ahmed would have walloped both their empty heads over midwicket for six!
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: fair play to mr ahmed, well done! - the two idiots do not look like the brightest buttons on the blazer. for the judge to describe it as "sophiticated" is pushing the boundaries of the dictionary definition of the word.[/p][/quote]I don't know if the use of "boundaries" was deliberate pun (if so, not bad) but, in an ideal world, Mr. Ahmed would have walloped both their empty heads over midwicket for six! Keith Myath

2:27pm Mon 9 Jul 12

useyourhead says...

Well done. I would defend me and mine too. hope he doesn't let it put him off running his business.
Well done. I would defend me and mine too. hope he doesn't let it put him off running his business. useyourhead

3:05pm Mon 9 Jul 12

caballo says...

How long has Accy been in Burnley?
How long has Accy been in Burnley? caballo

5:29pm Mon 9 Jul 12

golazzo says...

Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence
Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence golazzo

7:43pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Steve4x4 says...

Wh-o did y-o-u learn you-r english o-ff Wen-dy
Wh-o did y-o-u learn you-r english o-ff Wen-dy Steve4x4

9:34pm Mon 9 Jul 12

hi everyone says...

golazzo wrote:
Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence
bull if i had a shop i would have a baseball bat under the counter as well,right next to the knock off fags ,any scum going to rob someone desearves a good bat tering
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence[/p][/quote]bull if i had a shop i would have a baseball bat under the counter as well,right next to the knock off fags ,any scum going to rob someone desearves a good bat tering hi everyone

8:12am Tue 10 Jul 12

happycyclist says...

Well done Mr Ahmed. Two cowardly scumbags picking on what they thought was a vulnerable man ran away when he challenged them.
Well done Mr Ahmed. Two cowardly scumbags picking on what they thought was a vulnerable man ran away when he challenged them. happycyclist

8:14am Tue 10 Jul 12

happycyclist says...

golazzo wrote:
Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence
Erm, why do you think he had a bat under the counter? This incident proves that he was right to have one. I know a couple of shopkeepers who have something under the counter to deal with scum like those two.
[quote][p][bold]golazzo[/bold] wrote: Why would Mr Ahmed have a cricket bat behind the counter. I hope he didn't intend using it. After all it is a offensive weapon which could carry a custodial sentence[/p][/quote]Erm, why do you think he had a bat under the counter? This incident proves that he was right to have one. I know a couple of shopkeepers who have something under the counter to deal with scum like those two. happycyclist

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