Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

BOOZED Up Bright Sparks Posed as Ambush Robbers; Security Guard Feared He Was Being Held Up

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

BOOZED Up Bright Sparks Posed as Ambush Robbers; Security Guard Feared He Was Being Held Up

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BOOZED up bright sparks posed as ambush robbers to scare a security guard at a cash machine on Tyneside. Thomas Tams and Robert Smith were close to the Co-op on Newcastle's West Road when the guard arrived to empty the ATM. Smith seemed to be playing the role of "lookout", pacing around as the Securicor armoured van approached.

Tams tugged his hood tight around his head, dropped one sleeve low as if he was holding a hidden weapon, and sprinted towards the guard shouting "give me the money".

The make-believe holdup was the pals' idea of a joke, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

But passing sentence, Mr Recorder Dobbin warned: "The combination of actions and words certainly would have put the guard in fear that something was going seriously wrong.

"The aggravating features are the indication of a weapon and that there were two of you present."

Tams, 28, of Ivy Close, and Smith, 26, of Pauline Gardens, both Newcastle, admitted affray as an alternative to the original of attempted robbery. …

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