Lancashire

Five more years for armed robber from Blackburn

The scene of the shooting in Blackburn
Image caption The robbery took place on Preston Old Road in Blackburn in December 2008

A 21-year-old Lancashire man involved in an armed robbery in which a security guard was shot has had his prison sentence increased by five years.

David Evans of Bonsall Street, Blackburn was jailed for ten years for conspiracy to rob and carrying a handgun at Preston Crown Court in May.

However, the Court of Appeal ruled the sentence should be increased to 15 years as it was "unduly lenient".

Evans and accomplice Dean Farrell robbed a security van in December 2008.

The security guard was making a £20,000 cash delivery to a cash machine on Preston Old Road in Blackburn when he was confronted by two men in balaclavas and shot in the leg by the then 22-year-old Farrell.

Farrell, of Billinge Avenue, Blackburn, received an indefinite jail term for public protection and ordered to serve a minimum of 11 years and three months.

Det Supt Neil Hunter from Lancashire Police welcomed the Court of Appeal's decision.

He described it as a "wicked" and "heinous" crime and said the decision showed that "people who carry fire-arms and use fire-arms to commit heinous offences have to accept the consequences."

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