Teenagers jailed for attempted robbery

10 June 2010, 11:04 | Updated: 10 June 2010, 13:11

Three teenagers have been jailed for an attempted robbery at a Gloucester jewellery shop last December.

The manger of JD Brown's was attacked with a glass bottle and hammer during the raid in St John’s Lane, causing him serious head injuries.

18-year-old Ashley Stockley received a 3 year, 3 month prison sentence for attempted robbery.

A 16-year-old boy received 4 years and 6 months for attempted robbery and 3 years for grievous bodily harm (to run concurrently)

And another 16-year-old boy received 4 years and 3 months for attempted robbery and 3 years for grievous bodily harm (to run concurrently).

All of the defendants are from London.

DC Lindsay Tomkinson, officer-in-charge of the case said:

“We are satisfied with the sentencing and hope these successful convictions will help people feel confident we are tackling serious crime in the county and striving hard to keep people safe from harm.

“This was an extremely harrowing incident for the victims. The man who was attacked was left with very nasty injuries and spent some time off work because he was so traumatised.

“I would like to thank the victims, who have shown great courage throughout, for their assistance, and our officers for an exemplary investigation that was swift and thorough.

“This type of case is extremely rare in Gloucester but I hope it sends out a strong message to anyone thinking about committing such crime, whether they are from this county or beyond, that we will catch up with them.”

David Harris, who owns JD Brown's, said:

“We are pleased it’s all over. This has been a traumatic experience since day one and we were obviously concerned with a possible trial coming.

“We were very happy with how the police handled the incident and the fantastic response they gave us.

“I’d also like to thank the public, who have also been very understanding, in particular a couple who came in shortly after it happened to help us and were marvellous.

“We are now determined to put this behind us and get on with our lives.”