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Leicester man Leroy Williams jailed for armed NatWest raid

  • 29 November 2013
  • From the section Leicester
Leroy Williams
Image caption Leroy Williams admitted he was not a good role model to his seven children

A man has been jailed for 15 years for his part in a botched bank robbery.

Leroy Williams, 35, fled empty-handed from the NatWest branch in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, when staff managed to retreat to a secure room.

A shotgun and a handgun were wielded by the raiders, and the handgun was fired during January's attempted robbery.

Lincoln Crown Court heard one customer told police he feared for his life when he heard one of the raiders saying: "Put one in him."

Williams, of Hallam Crescent East, Leicester, was convicted of attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and an imitation firearm in August and sentenced earlier.

Three other men have already been jailed for their part in the raid.

Williams raided the bank with Richard Christopher, 33, of Trigo Close, Leicester.

Christopher, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to 15 years for robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of an imitation firearm.

'Incompetency and violence'

Sentencing Williams, the judge asked the father of seven: "What sort of role model do you think you are to your children?"

"Not a good one," Williams replied.

Two other accomplices were sentenced at earlier hearings.

Robert Allen, 34, of Hall Farm Crescent, Broughton Astley, received 11 years and six months after admitting robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of an imitation firearm.

Bryn Parker, 31, of The Fairway, Leicester, was sentenced to 11 years and six months after admitting robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of an imitation firearm.

Det Insp Shaun Orton said after Williams was sentenced: "Had these men not been arrested I'm sure this gang would have gone on to offend again, employing a similar level of incompetency and violence."

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