Two men sentenced for bank robbery

18/04/2011

Norman Grant and Luke Daley were today sentenced for an indefinite period after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court last month of kidnapping, use of firearms and robbery on the UAE Exchange Bank in Birmingham last year.

Nigel Reader, Special Casework Lawyer for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service Complex Casework Unit, said: "These offences were carried out by dangerous individuals who committed this audacious raid on a bank in the middle of the day, in a busy part of Birmingham where families work, live and shop. 

"Staff from Handsworth Cemetery were kidnapped at gun point in order to steal a digger, which was then driven down a busy road and used as a battering ram to gain access to the bank. Members of staff from the bank and pursing police officers were threatened with firearms.

"Through the quick actions of the members of public and the police these individuals were apprehended quickly and now they have been brought to justice.

"Today, these two highly dangerous people have been taken off the streets of the West Midlands, and we hope that these verdicts send out a clear message that crime doesnt pay.   

"I would like to express our thanks to all of the victims and witnesses to this crime who assisted us with the prosecution by coming to court to give evidence."

Norman Grant was found guilty after a trail at Birmingham Crown Court of two counts of robbery, three counts of kidnapping and six counts of possessing a firearm and was sentenced to a minimum of nine years. Luke Daly pleaded guilty of one count of robbery and will serve a minimum of four years.