Man jailed for weekend campaign of Blackpool armed robberies

02/05/2017

A 25 year old man has today been jailed for 10 years at Preston Crown Court for carrying out armed robberies at bookmakers and convenience stores in Blackpool over a weekend in March this year.

Luke Caddick pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to four robberies and two attempted robberies, whilst being in possession of an offensive weapon.  He also pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

Brett Gerrity for the CPS said: "Luke Caddick carried out a campaign of violent robberies and attempted robberies over one weekend. He used knives and a lump hammer to terrify staff at the stores into handing over money. 

"In an attempt to evade justice, he climbed through the skylight of a house where he stole a car which he used to drive through closed garage doors.  However, police officers were at the scene to apprehend him as he crashed the car several times when he attempted to flee.

"The CPS has worked with the police to build a strong case against him leaving him with no other choice than to plead guilty to all the offences he faced."

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Brett Gerrity is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West