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Violent serial cash-transit robber caged

PUBLISHED: 11:02 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:05 25 August 2010

A 21-YEAR-OLD has been jailed for six years for scores of raids on cash-in-transit vans across the capital. Shalanyuy Yenwo, of Weirdale Avenue, Barnet, was sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court last, Thursday.

A 21-YEAR-OLD has been jailed for six years for scores of raids on cash-in-transit vans across the capital.

Shalanyuy Yenwo, of Weirdale Avenue, Barnet, was sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court last, Thursday.

The criminal admitted four robberies, including strikes at Lloyds TSB in Blackheath Village, in Walworth and outside a BP station in Southgate.

The court heard that on March 3, Yenwo attacked a G4S guard in Walworth Road and stole £10,000.

After attacking the guard, jurors were told he was chased by two builders and ran into a side street where a police van was parked.

An officer jumped out and chased Yenwo into a terrified resident's flat where a violent struggle ensued in which the officer used CS spray and detained him, the court heard.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Davies said: "You are responsible for a series of carefully planned robberies of security vans. The stakes were high, tens of thousands of pounds.

"You used exactly what violence was necessary to effect your purpose, on one occasion resulting in significant harm to the security guard."

The judge commended the officer and the two builders for their bravery, awarding the two builders £200 from the Sherriff's Fund - a centrally held fund from which judges have the discretion to reward people for their actions.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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