The faces of 13 robbers who have been jailed for terrible raids in South Yorkshire

Judges have recently punished a number of offenders at Sheffield Crown Court after they were involved in robberies across the region.

Friday, 4th September 2020, 1:35 pm

Below are some of the more serious and dreadful robbery cases to have passed through Sheffield Crown Court recently where victims have included shop staff and elderly people in their own homes.

In some cases, offenders have been armed with a variety of weapons including an imitation firearm, a machete, knives and even a bamboo cane.

Elderly victims who have been targeted in their own homes have also been left traumatised.

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Pictured is Ben Wright, aged 23, of Rodman Street, Woodhouse, Sheffield, who pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing a knife in public from December 13 and he also admitted two burglaries from December 15. Sheffield Crown Court heard in January how Wright, 23, demanded cash from the female shopkeeper when he raided the Ironbridge Convenience Store, on Retford Road, Sheffield, on December 13, with a knife and while wearing a plastic skull mask.

But judges have brought the full weight of the law down on these offenders and imposed a range of custodial sentences.

Pictured is Wayne Robinson who, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing, used a knife during a robbery at HR News, on Duke Street, Sheffield, and during a second raid at the same shop he used an imitation firearm with an accomplice. Robinson, aged 35, of St John’s Road, Sheffield, admitted committing two counts of robbery and possessing a knife and an imitation firearm. The defendant, who has previous convictions, was sentenced to 12 years of custody in January after the raids in November and December, 2018.
Pictured is Joshua Lawrenson, aged 22 at the time of sentencing, of Richmond Park Rise, Sheffield, and who admitted one count of robbery and possessing an imitation firearm following a raid with accomplice Wayne Robinson at HR News, on Duke Street, Sheffield, in December, 2018. Lawrenson, who has a previous conviction for possessing an offensive weapon, was sentenced to three years of custody in January. Robinson, aged 35, of St John’s Road, Sheffield, used a knife during a previous raid at HR News in November and during the second raid at the same shop he used an imitation firearm with Lawrenson. Robinson was jailed for 12 years.
Pictured are Sheffield men David West, left, and Wayne Clark who have been jailed for a total of 21 years between them for a spate of armed robberies. Sheffield Crown Court heard how West, aged 38, of Barrie Road, Southey Green, and Wayne Clark, 40, of Westwood Court, High Green, targeted post offices, bookmakers and convenience stores. West and Clark pleaded guilty to their involvement in the spate of incidents which occurred between June and August last year. West received a 15-year custodial sentence for five counts of robbery and Clark was jailed for six years for two robberies and one count of possessing a bladed article.
Pictured is knife-wielding robber Daniel Cummins who was given an 18-year prison sentence after he climbed into a woman’s home. Sheffield Crown Court heard in June how Cummins, aged 36 when sentenced, of St Helen’s Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, shinned-up a pipe on a house in Barnsley and went into the victim’s bedroom. The court heard he punched and slashed at his victim with a knife before stealing her mobile phone. Cummins, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to robbery and unlawful wounding but after a previous trial he was acquitted of sexual assault and trespassing with intent to commit a sexual assault. Judge Sarah Wright sentenced Cummins to 18-years of custody.
Pictured is Ashley Stocks, aged 31, of Greenwood Avenue, near Handsworth Hill, Sheffield, who, accrding to a Sheffield Crown Court hearng in August, tried to exchange two bottles of Budweiser before he attacked the shopkeeper at the Hollinsend Premier store, on Nodder Road, Woodthorpe, Sheffield. Stocks, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the robbery from November 26, 2019. Stocks was sentenced by Judge Rachael Harrison to five-years and four-months of custody and banned from going near the Hollinsend store for ten years.
Pictured is Vanusa Vianna, aged 39, of Cowley Gardens, Westfield, Sheffield, who pestered her elderly victim for money, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing in September, before visiting his home and forcing her way in and stealing his laptop, a mobile phone and cash. Vianna pleaded guilty to the robbery after the offence in June. Recorder Richard Woolfall recognised since Vianna has been remanded in custody she has freed herself of drugs and alcohol but he sentenced her to four years and six-months of custody.
Pictured is Lee Whitehouse, aged 22, of Broughton Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster, who was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for two years after he admitted robbing a woman at a cash machine on May 18 and making off from a petrol station without paying on May 16. Whitehouse snatched the cash from a woman at an Asda store in Doncaster as her three children stood nearby, according to the court. Whitehouse, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the robbery and also admitted making off without paying for fuel at a petrol station at Morrisons, on York Road, Doncaster. He was sentenced in August.
Pictured is Michael Jankowski, aged 23, of Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing a knife. The robbery offences were committed at a shop and a hairdressing salon in March, according to the court. Jankowski was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in June to three years and four months of custody.
Pictured is Wayne Stead, aged 34, of St Edwin’s Drive, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Doncaster, who, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing, armed himself with a bamboo cane during a robbery and with a hammer during a second robbery at the same Tesco Express in Hatfield. Stead, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery from March. Judge Rachael Harrison sentenced Stead in July to 40 months of custody.
Sheffield Crown Court heard in April how Alan Kitchen, 53, of Raisen Hall Road, Longley, Sheffield, pictured, and his son Lee Kitchen, 31, of Wheldrake Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, pretended to be returning owed money to their victim before they entered his flat and robbed him. Alan Kitchen and Lee Kitchen, who both have previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the robbery which happened on January 14. Judge Graham Reeds QC sentenced Alan Kitchen to 27-months of custody and Lee Kitchen to three-years of custody.
Sheffield Crown Court heard in April how Lee Kitchen, aged 31, of Wheldrake Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield, pictured, was joined by his father Alan Kitchen, aged 53, of Raisen Hall Road, Longley, Sheffield, when they pretended to be returning money to a man before they entered his flat and robbed him. Alan Kitchen and Lee Kitchen, who both have previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the robbery which happened on January 14. Lee Kitchen was sentenced to three-years of custody and Alan Kitchen was sentenced to 27-months of custody.