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Justice catches up with runaway knifepoint robber – Redditch

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A teenage robber, who went on the run after being charged over a number of attempted knifepoint robberies in Redditch, has been sentenced to four years in a young offender institution.

Morgan Helsby, 19, failed to turn up for trial alongside his co-defendants - Kieran Jones and Reece Timby - after they were accused of trying to rob three people on the afternoon of 4 March 2015.

The trio’s spree started on a train from Birmingham heading towards the Worcestershire town, when they surrounded a 20-year-old man and threatened him with a knife, demanding he hand over his phone.

The victim refused and the pair got off the train where they approached two men outside a nearby supermarket. Jones, 18, held a knife against one of the victim’s stomachs and ordered them to give up their watches and phones. The friends refused and one of them was punched in the face.

The would-be robbers – all from Birmingham – then fled the scene but they were identified after officers circulated their images in the local media.

Helsby, of Arthur Street; Jones, of Hunton Hill and Timby, of Druids Lane, were arrested and later charged with three counts of attempted robbery, which Jones and Timby admitted. In April, they were handed four and three year terms respectively in a young offender institute.

However, Helsby went on the run for nearly two months, until a wanted appeal prompted him to hand himself in on 3 May. He appeared before Worcester Crown Court the following day where he pleaded guilty to the offences and was also convicted of breaching his bail conditions.

On 19 May, he was sentenced to three years and nine months for his involvement in the attempted robberies, along with a separate three-month sentence for failing to turn up for trial.

Detective Constable Dan Hart from BTP said: “We are satisfied justice has finally caught up with Helsby and as this case shows, criminals may run but they cannot hide forever.

“We will do everything within our power to catch up with them and put them before the courts, who take a dim view of those who try to evade capture.

“All three were left empty-handed in their robbery attempts and have now received lengthy custodial sentences, which should send a clear message to other youngsters that crime really doesn’t pay.”

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