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Erith and Abbey Wood sentenced to almost 30 years in jail after £50,000 Strood raid

PUBLISHED: 14:35 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 22 March 2013

George Brockett

George Brockett

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Three robbers from Erith and Abbey Wood have been sentenced to almost 30 years in jail today (22) following a £50,000 cash in transit armed raid in Strood.

Michael McCluskeyMichael McCluskey

George Brockett, formerly of Mangold Way, Erith, Alfie Barker, 18, of Mangold Way, and Michael McCluskey, 25, of Brinkburn Close, Abbey Wood, targeted the Temple Farm service station in Cuxton Road on September 19 last year.

Brockett was arrested on September 21 while Barker and McCluskey were arrested four days later.

Brockett had denied charges of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery but was found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on February 21.

The other two suspects had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.

Alfie BarkerAlfie Barker

Brockett was sentenced to 12 years in jail while McCluskey received a 10 year, eight months term and Barker will serve seven years behind bars last Friday (22).

Investigating officer Det Con Wayne Totterdell said: “I’m pleased with today’s sentencing as it brings to close a very serious crime.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims involved but I’d like to take the opportunity to praise the efforts of those who gave evidence and the officers who worked tirelessly to bring these three robbers to justice.

“Brockett had tried to play down his role in the robbery by denying possession of an imitation firearm, despite evidence showing otherwise. All three of them will spend a significant time in jail where they can contemplate the consequences of their actions.”

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