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Sidcup robber gets more jail time after attacking victims with bricks

PUBLISHED: 14:26 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:26 08 September 2014

Darren Crossgill.

Darren Crossgill.

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A violent robber has been given a further jail term after absconding from prison and committing two further robberies.

38-year-old Darren Crossgill, formerly of Sidcup Hill Gardens, Sidcup, was found guilty of two counts of robbery after a two and a half day trial at the Inner London Crown Court on August 29.

He was sentenced to a further seven and a half years imprisonment.

Crossgill, who was sentenced to 12 life sentences for a string of violent robberies against people and commercial properties across Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Lewisham boroughs on October 30 2003, failed to return to HMP Spinghill, Buckinghamshire after being allowed out on temporary release on November 9 2013.

Whilst on the run he committed a further two violent robberies in the Thamesmead area, where the victims were struck on the head with a brick before having items stolen from them.

Both victims required hospital treatment for their injuries.

Crossgill was linked to the offences through CCTV images and was arrested on December 2.

Det Chief Insp Gary Holmes, from Bexley Police, said: “The victims of these robberies suffered violent assaults and Bexley will be a safer place with Crossgill back behind bars. I hope this will be a timely reminder to all those involved in robbery that we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice and they will potentially face a lengthy time in prison.”

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