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Machete-wielding men jailed for conspiracy to rob

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been sentenced to prison for offences linked to a series of transit van robberies across the West Midlands.

Adrian Treleven, 26, of no fixed abode was sentenced to 14 years in prison, and Remelle Stewart, 18, of Church Vale, Handsworth Wood was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at earlier hearings at Birmingham Crown Court on 3 September 2020 and 25 August 2020 and were sentenced yesterday (11 January 2021) at the same court.

The charges against the defendants covered three cash in transit robberies between 24 January and 10 March 2020 in Walsall, Sutton Coldfield and Cannock. The men wielded a machete as they targeted lone cash-in-transit guards who were carrying large sums of money back to the van. They fled from the scenes empty-handed after the guards fought them off.

David Rouse of the CPS said: “The defendants carried out a deliberate pattern of serious offending in which they were prepared to use dangerous weapons to rob vulnerable security drivers, having scouted the locations of their offending beforehand. The prosecution team, built a strong case against the defendants to include vital CCTV footage and phone location evidence. With the overwhelming evidence mounted against them, the defendants had no choice but to plead guilty. It was extremely fortunate that no one was more seriously hurt during the attacks and I would like to commend the van drivers and other witnesses for their courage both in fighting off the defendants and coming forward as witnesses to tell the police what had happened.”

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David Rouse is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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