Devon

Armed robbers who fled from grandmother, 65, convicted

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Media captionA meat cleaver was repeatedly waved at grandmother-of-six Trude Mian

A knife-wielding man who was chased out of a garage store by a grandmother has been found guilty of robbery.

Lee Prouse, 24, and Jordane Morris, 21, had denied robbing Knowle Garage, near Braunton in Devon, last November.

Prouse threatened 65-year-old store owner Trude Mian, while Morris, his girlfriend, was acting as the getaway driver, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Another man, Jamie Latta, admitted taking part in the raid, in which a meat cleaver was also wielded.

'Particularly nasty'

Mrs Mian grabbed the knife after Prouse put it down, the court heard. and the men only got away with £60.

The raid was captured on CCTV.

Image caption Trude Mian said the verdicts were a "relief"

The robbers' masks and outer clothes were found in a nearby alley by a police tracker dog, the court heard.

The jury was told Prouse and Morris, both of Stanhope Square, Holsworthy, were living in a Volkswagen car around the time of the robbery.

The couple said they were in north Devon on the day because they had just picked up Morris's dog from Ilfracombe, but claimed they were not involved in the robbery and had been on their way to Somerset.

Prouse and Morris had blamed the raid on their former friend Latta, 27, from Braunton.

He pleaded guilty to robbery in March.

After the trial, Mrs Mian said the verdicts were a "relief".

Police had previously described the robbery as "despicable" and a "particularly nasty incident".

Prouse and Morris will be sentenced at a later date.

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