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Armed robbers jailed for 23 years after targeting Gravesend newsagent

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 22 November 2013

Duncan Snape

Duncan Snape

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Armed robbers who tied up and threatened newsagents with a metal baseball bat have been jailed for more than 23 years.

Duncan Snape, 41, of Chapel Yard, Wandsworth, was found guilty of conspiracy to rob between February 1, 2012 and May 16, 2013 by a jury at MAidstone Crown Court last week.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison at the same court yesterday.

A second man, Robert Powsey, 42, of Peacock Rise, in Chatham, had previously pleaded guilty - but claimed his role was limited to planning and support. He was jailed for nine years and nine months.

The pair carried out early morning raids, dressed in balaclavas and either boiler suits or tracksuits. They threatened staff with baseball bats, pack axes and sledgehammers before tying them up with black cable ties.

On March 3 this year, they targeted McColl’s, in Leander Drive, Gravesend, when a lone female worker was tied up and £2,932 was taken.

Both were charged on May 16 after a shop worker spotted Snape.

Det Con Jon Saxby, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “These offences were well planned, organised and the offenders, Snape and Powsey, did not show any compassion or remorse for what they have put their victims through, with their sole goal of financial gain.”

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