Eltham robbery man shot by police jailed

PUBLISHED: 16:50 21 April 2011

Adrian Tynan

Adrian Tynan


An unarmed man who was shot in the face by police officers during a botched robbery has been jailed for two years.

Adrian Tymesmead was left with a fractured vertebrae in his neck and a ripped tongue as the bullet tore through his cheek.

On Friday, he was sentenced at the Old Bailey along with four other defendants for his part in the robbery of a Boots store in Eltham High Street.

Detective Inspector Neil Williams, from the Flying Squad, said: “The men were out to rob that day, it’s as simple as that.

“They were determined and were happy to threaten innocent employees in order to steal cash.

“This was a well planned robbery by men determined to rob, with no thought for the trauma suffered by the 

The court heard shortly before 7am, on December 13, Michael McCluskey, 25, of Wolvercote Road, Thamesmead and James Springer, 20, of Portmeadow Walk, Abbey Wood, who were armed with a hammer, pushed two female employees into the store forcing them to hand over a large amount of cash.

The pair were arrested at the scene by detectives who were conducting a surveillance operation and the money was seized.

During this time, officers shot Adrian Tynan who was to be the getaway driver as they tried to arrest him. The shooting took place as he sat in a getaway car parked in North Park, Eltham, waiting for his accomplices.

Daniel Cooper, 27, of Aperfield Road, Erith, and Darren Laver, 27, of Manor Road, Erith, who were also in the car were arrested.

Laver and Cooper were both sentenced to two years and eight months and McCluskey and Springer received three years and four months each.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation into the attack and are due to release their findings shortly.

A spokesperson said: “During the operation, an armed response vehicle approached a car containing three men.

“As they approached the car, one officer fired a shot and the bullet hit one of the men, Adrian Tynan.

“He was taken to hospital and discharged after treatment.”

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