Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Armed Robbers Stole Car and Led Police on Chase Up and Down the A19

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Armed Robbers Stole Car and Led Police on Chase Up and Down the A19

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter

TWO armed robbers who hurtled up the A19 on the wrong side of the road in a stolen car are behind bars today.

Knifeman Callum Wastell, 22, and hammer-wielding Liam Moir, 20, were locked up for almost 10 years for their terrifying one-night crime spree.

Wastell lured his grandmother's neighbour away from his home on Maltby Place, Thornaby, to rob him at knifepoint, a court heard.

He asked the neighbour to move his car, claiming the vehicle was blocking him in at about 11.35pm. As they walked, Wastell pulled a 10-inch knife from his trouser pocket and demanded: "Give us your car keys."

Then the frightened victim saw hooded Moir walking towards him holding a hammer above his head, said prosecutor Christopher Baker.

He fell, fending off a blow, then handed over the keys to his wife's Vauxhall Corsa, afraid of being hit or stabbed by the pair.

About an hour later, banned driver Moir was tearing up and down the A19 in the stolen Corsa, with police in hot pursuit.

Two armed response vehicles and a police helicopter followed as he sped the Corsa along the dual carriageway, Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday.

He crossed the central reservation and drove north towards oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes.

Moir lost control and headed into a grass verge as he tried to escape the officers' "containment manoeuvre" near Stokesley.

He was caught clambering into the back seat and nodded to his partner in crime when he was arrested, protesting: "I didn't do the robbery. He did." The chase, captured on police video footage, took about 25 minutes before the Thornaby men were caught in the early hours of December 5 last year.

The car was driven to the A1, turned around at the Boroughbridge junction and headed back to Teesside.

Wastell, of Chestnut Grove, admitted robbery and aggravated vehicle taking. …

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