Gang of robbers lose court appeal

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Robbers who got away with thousands of pounds after holding up a security van in Sheffield have lost their appeals against their convictions.

Ashley Joseph Charles, aged 26, was found guilty of helping to steal £37,000 during a G4S van raid in Sheffield in May 2011, while Isaac McNaul, 25, was convicted of a similar hold-up in Leicester.

Charles, of Squires Avenue, Bulwell, and McNaul, of Bonnington Close, both in Nottinghamshire, were each convicted of robbery and handed 12-year jail terms for the connected armed raids following a trial last August.

The pair challenged their convictions at the Court of Appeal but had their bids for freedom rejected, with three of the country’s most senior judges declaring the convictions ‘safe’.

During the raid in Sheffield one of Charles’ co-defendants hit a guard with a baseball bat before a cash box containing £37,000 was stolen.

Later, police discovered a bag marked with security dye and items used in the robbery, with traces of Charles’ DNA, in the back of a car connected to one of the robbers.

They were part of a seven-strong gang jailed for combined 46 years for robbery and money laundering following a series of raids across the East Midlands.

Police across the UK were involved in the investigation.

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