Shotgun robbers jailed - Langford

15/05/2013

Four men have today, Wednesday, 15 May 2013, been jailed for a total of 54 years for the violent armed robbery of two elderly men at their rural farm house in Bedfordshire in October last year.

The men appeared at Luton Crown Court today having previously pleaded guilty to their part in the pre-planned robbery at Hill Farm, Edworth Road, Langford,  which occurred on Sunday, 21 October 2012.

The covert operation that led to today's conviction was led by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and was launched after the victims, brothers aged 69 and 75, were subjected to a violent assault and had their lives threatened if they did not hand over cash believed to be on the premises. The offenders eventually left with shotguns belonging to the victims who were farmers.

The defendants were each sentenced to 13 years and six months imprisonment. Their details are as follows:

  • Joseph Upton, aged 39, of Murrow Lane, Parsons Drove, Wisbech, Cambs.
  • John Leonard William Smith, aged 38, of Primrose Farm, Small Lode, Upwell, Cambs.
  • Albert Smith, aged 37 of Potton Travellers Site, Common Road, Potton, Beds.
  • Alfred Stanley, aged 35m, of Sandon Close, Sandy, Beds.

ERSOU became operational in July 2010 and was formed to increase and improve operational capacity and capability in dealing with cross-border criminals and is resourced by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk police forces.  ERSOU is committed to serving residents across the region and carries out proactive operations to tackle cross-border organised crime.