Police praise Good Samaritans who chased robbers in Chesterfield

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Two Good Samaritans who chased and stopped a pair of robbers have been praised and rewarded for their actions.

They stepped in and gave chase after spotting Paul Smith and John Layton robbing a 40-year-old man as he withdrew money from a cash machine in Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor.

John Layton

John Layton

The robbers pushed their victim to the ground and grabbed the cash from his hand before fleeing.

But two witnesses to the crime ran after them while another passer-by dialled 999.

They apprehended both robbers but Layton, 31, of Sydney Street, Chesterfield, managed to break free before police officers arrived.

Smith, 40, of Mercaston Close, Holme Hall, was arrested at the scene.

Layton, who was later identified through CCTV footage, was jailed for two years and four months for robbery, assault and using threating or abusive language.

Smith was sentenced to 32 months for robbery.

They both admitted the offences..

The judge who jailed them at Derby Crown Court ordered that both witnesses should be paid £450 each as a reward for their efforts.

DC Katherine Hewitt, of Derbyshire Police, said: “The two witnesses should be praised for their courage and quick-thinking.

"They instinctively ran to the victim’s aid and ensured that not only were the robbers brought to justice but that the victim got his money back.”