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Armed robber gets sentenced after terrifying attacking on officer

An armed robber has been sent to prison for 14 years after a string of offences earlier this year.

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Owen Smith, 29, unemployed of no fixed address pleaded guilty on August 30 at Hove Crown Court to assault by beating a police constable, possession of an offensive weapon, namely a baseball bat, robbery and taking a police vehicle without consent.

He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (October 30).
The offence was captioned on CCTV at the shop and petrol station.

A Tesco worker managed to escape the scene of a robbery at Redkiln Way, Horsham around 12.30am on Friday July 6 and called police reporting that two men in balaclavas armed with weapons were stealing cash, cigarettes and alcohol from the shop.

An assessment was being carried out when a police car on routine patrol happened to pull onto the Tesco Express garage forecourt and discovered the crime in progress. The officers quickly called for assistance from other units, while trying to get other members of the public, who were turning up at petrol station, to stay away.

However Smith, had seen the officers turn up and ran at them threatening them with a baseball bat. He managed to open the police car door and attack PC Ellie Young, pulling her from her seat.

PC Young received injuries to her arms, legs, neck and shoulder but bravely, she, along with her colleague PC Vicky Canales, continued to tackle Smith. Within seconds back-up arrived and Smith was Tasered and arrested. His accomplice ran off and is still being sought.

Detective Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said:

“Watching the CCTV of Owen Smith attacking our officers is absolutely harrowing, not least due to the ferocity of the attack, and I commend the officers’ bravery and commitment that evening in arresting him.

“No officer should be attacked while doing their job and I am thankful that no officers were more seriously hurt.

“I also commend those officers who ran to their colleagues’ assistance, trying to prevent Smith from getting away from the scene, without a moment’s thought for their own safety.

“Smith’s behaviour has also had an impact on those working in the Tesco Express that evening who were also threatened while going about their job.”

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Horsham man gets driving ban after driving over roundabout

This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.

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Tyre marks caused by drink-driver Ben Sindall

This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.Ben Sindall was more than twice the legal limit when his Vauxhall Vivaro was discovered damaged close to Robin Hood Roundabout on the A24 at Horsham.

On arrival at the scene on the evening of Saturday 15 December, police discovered damage had been caused to the roundabout signs, leaving a large amount of oil and debris on the road.

Sindall identified himself as the driver and fully admitted to being in no fit state to drive. He said he intended to get a taxi home but stupidly chose to drive – and instead of going around the roundabout, he drove straight over it.

The 37-year-old carpet fitter, of Shelley Road, Horsham, was subsequently charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 3 January, he was disqualified from driving for 23 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Sindall was convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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