Eleventh member of armed robbery gang locked up for 10 years


Matthew Porter had been on the run for more than a year

The eleventh member of a gang who robbed a jewellers in Newark has been jailed for 10 years.

Matthew Porter, who had been on the run for more than a year before he was arrested, was sent to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery on January 6, 2016.

In April last year, 10 people were locked up for a combined total of more than 80 years after they admitted being involved in the armed robbery at Andrew Michael’s jewellers in Stodman Street where around £250,000 worth of watches and jewellery were taken.

Following a lengthy and complicated investigation involving other forces, the group were swiftly arrested and charged but Porter remained on the run.

Porter, formerly of St Nicholas Road in Boston, was arrested on August 31, 2017 and detectives have said they “pleased” to be finally putting this case to rest.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on March 8.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a very organised and high value crime where a number of people from different counties across the midlands played key roles in the offence and we were determined to leave no stone unturned in finding Porter and making sure he too was brought before the courts for the part that he played.”

The rest of the group, who were sentenced on April 26, 2017, were:

• Nathan Clarke, 28, of Wrigsham Street in Coventry received 15 years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob and converting criminal property. He was also given a further two years for an unrelated offence.

• Adil Yasin, 25, of Oakwood Road, Springfield in Birmingham; Imran Zamir, 24, of Gladstone Road in Sparbrook, Birmingham; Raju Miah, 25, from Birmingham and Tommy Walden, 28, of Peck Avenue in Boston, Lincolnshire were each given 10 years, eight months for conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.

• John Daly, 29, of Station Road in Kings Norton, Birmingham received 15 years, six months for conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.

• Michelle Bradley, 30, of Forbes Road in Boston, Lincolnshire and Emma Porter, 35, of Allington Garden in Boston, Lincolnshire each received four years for conspiracy to rob.

• Shah Alam, 39, of Floyer Road in Birmingham was given 10 months for conspiracy to convert stolen property.

All of the above pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

• Abdul Khalique, 38, of Pickard Street, Islington in London was found guilty of conspiracy to convert stolen property after trial and sentenced to 12 months in prison.


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