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North London thug jailed following string of violent robberies – London

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A man who committed a series of violent robberies on board London Overground trains in North London has been jailed. 

Aaron Burton of Falcon Road, Enfield, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on the 16 November where he was handed an eight year imprisonment. 

Between April and July in 2017, the 21-year-old robbed passengers on varying Overground services between stations including Turkey Street, Edmonton, Cheshunt, Walthamstow Central, Clapton and South Tottenham. 

The defendant would target young men travelling alone, approaching them and threatening them with serious violence. He would demand they hand over their debit cards and PINs, then withdraw large amounts of cash at local ATMs. 

During one robbery, Burton threatened the victim with a knife. On other occasions, he intimated he had a knife or acid which he would use. 

Following extensive enquiries, BTP detectives were able to link these offences and Burton was arrested in January 2018. 

At separate earlier hearings, Burton pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery, one count of possession of a bladed article, four counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery. 

DC Ross McAlpine from British Transport Police, said: “This was a complex investigation and I am pleased we were able to link Burton to all six cases. He subjected his victims to extremely frightening ordeals, sometimes threatening to murder some of the victims. They had no choice but to hand over their possessions and PIN. 

“During our investigation we found a number of photos on Burton’s phone, which were taken minutes before he robbed passengers on board trains. This, amongst other pieces of evidence, proved vital in forcing Burton to plead guilty. I thoroughly welcome the eight year prison sentence.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “Burton’s behaviour was calculated and frightening, and we thank the victims of his intimidating crimes for coming forward. We welcome the sentencing of Burton and will continue to work with the police to bring other offenders to justice. Thankfully instances of knife crime on our network are very low and this sentencing shows it will not be tolerated. It is important for us that all our passengers are safe and feel safe, and that’s why we invest significantly in policing and security measures on the transport network.”

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