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Police officer jailed for role in violent robbery

PUBLISHED: 11:04 08 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 August 2010

A FORMER probationary police officer has been jailed after admitting joining a gang which robbed a Sikh home banker of £5,000 Harish Dubb, 22, of Warwick Place, Gravesend, and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob at Maidstone Crown Cou

A FORMER probationary police officer has been jailed after admitting joining a gang which robbed a Sikh home banker of £5,000

Harish Dubb, 22, of Warwick Place, Gravesend, and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday and were remanded in custody to await pre-sentence reports.

The other defendants are Amanjit Sandhu, 22, a doorman, of Cherrywood Drive, Gravesend, student Gurveer Rai, 22, of Suffol Road, and Baljinder Kang, 23, a student from Slough, have also been remanded and warned they face a lengthy custodial sentence. A 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was released on bail by Judge Martin Joy.

The case relates to an incident on July 6 last year at Pelham Road, Gravesend. Danny Moore, prosecuting, said Dubb and Kang had gone to see a Sikh who was running a home-based Indian-style bank which organised transfers between Indians.

He said: "There was a large amount of cash in the premises. Mr Dubb and Mr Kang engaged the owner in conversation to organise a money transfer. They were doing a 'reccy' of the premises and working out where the money was."

The court heard they left and later the son of the owner heard a knock at the door. Inside the house was the owner's wife, aged around 70, and a child aged about five. As the son opened the door, three masked men burst in and punches were thrown as he was pushed back on the stairs. In the scuffle, the mask of one of the men was dislodged and it was Kang, who had been at the house earlier. One of the men also hit and kicked the owner's wife as two of them went to grab a money bag in the living room. Another, later pinpointed as the teenager, pulled the plug out of the telephone socket, but was tackled and held after a "violent struggle".

The other two attackers escaped and made off in a car which was later found to belong to Rai and was seen at Cygnets Sports Hall car park in Northfleet. Dubb and Kang went back to the robbery scene in Dubb's car and were seen by police officers. Mr Moore said £5,000 was taken and has never been recovered. The probationary police officer has since lost his job with Kent Police. They are due to be sentenced on July 30th. If you have concerns about this incident call Kent Police on 01622 690690.

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