Erith armed robber guilty

PUBLISHED: 12:03 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:03 22 February 2013

An armed robber from Erith has been found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm during a £50,000 armed robbery.

George Brockett, of Mangold Way, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court having already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at the Temple Farm Service station in Strood.

The 25-year-old, along with 18-year-old Alfie Barker, also of Mangold Way and Michale McCluskey, of Brinkburn Close, Erith, targeted the station on September 19 last year and made off with around £50,000 following the cash in transit heist.

Brockett was arrested on September 21 with the other two being caught four days later.

Witnesses said they had seen a weapon and Brockett was found guilty yesterday.

Barker and McCluskey had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.

Det Con Wayne Totterdell said: “Brockett has tried to play down how big a part he played in the robbery on 19 September by denying he agreed to the use of an imitation firearm despite evidence showing otherwise.

“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.”

The trio will be sentenced in Maidstone on March 22.

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