Gang’s ambush in lane on Sheffield border

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A hooded gang has been locked up after ambushing a car in a lonely North Derbyshire lane and leaving a woman fearing for her life.

They got away with £4,000 from three people who had driven to Derbyshire in the hope of enjoying a nice weekend.

A court heard the attackers were armed with a rounders’ bat, knife and crowbar as they smashed the car on Boiley Lane, Killamarsh.

Inside were three visitors from Cambridge, including a woman who later told police: “I have never been so scared in my entire life.”

Derby Crown Court heard the trio had been lured to the lane by 23-year-old Lee Hutchinson, of Dumbleton Road, Killamarsh, who worked with one of them.

He was jailed for 40 months after admitting the robbery on September 15 last year.

Twenty-year-old Jake Hall, of Crofters Lane, Christian Doran, aged 21, of Nethermoor Close, and 18-year-old Lee Metcalf, of Spooner Drive, all of Killamarsh, were each jailed for 30 months after admitting robbery.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Hamilton said: “It is difficult to imagine a more seriously planned and callously undertaken event.

“They brought money for a good weekend to pay for hotel bills and socialise.

“They didn’t realise what four Derbyshire lads had planned for them. You were armed and laid into the car, smashing the windscreen and windows.”

Gurdial Singh, for Hutchinson, said the visitors had a large amount of cash so they could buy cannabis and were not ‘innocents abroad’.