Armed robber jailed - Kempston and Wootton

10/03/2017

A robber, who threatened staff with a firearm that looked like an AK47, has today, Friday, 10 March 2017, been convicted and jailed for seven years.

Earl Patterson was told by a Judge that his actions had terrified staff at a bookmakers and convenience store.

Patterson, aged 37, was on a community order at the time of the offences, which included having help for his drug problem. Although he denied the robbery and attempted robbery, he did admit he had taken drugs that night.

Although the menacing looking weapon has never been found, Recorder David Altaras said he was satisfied it was an imitation firearm, although the staff who faced it would not have known.

Patterson, of Ashpole Avenue, Wootton, Bedford, was found guilty of four charges by a jury at Luton Crown Court on Friday. Their verdicts were unanimous. He had pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to rob a woman at the Corals Betting shop in Williamson Way, Kempston; robbery at the One Stop shop in Wootton, and two charges of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm at the time of the robberies.

David Stanton, prosecuting said Patterson didn't answer questions put to him by officers, but instead gave a prepared written statement in which he said he hadn't taken part in any robbery and on the night in question had been at home with his partner. Mr Stanton said when Patterson was arrested his mobile phone had been seized by police and examined. As a result, it had been discovered, through cell site analysis, that Patterson's phone had not been at his address, but in the area of both robberies.

Patterson was jailed for three years for the attempted robbery with four years consecutive for the second robbery, giving a total of seven years imprisonment. He was given concurrent sentences for the firearm offences.

Recorder Altaras told Patterson: "You have a long criminal record, albeit for nothing as serious as this before."

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