Five men admit Northampton jewellery raid

Michael Jones Jewellers Ann Timson intervened in the robbery at the Northampton jewellers

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Five men have admitted their part in the Northampton jewellery raid that made "Supergran" Ann Timson famous.

Mrs Timson, 71, was caught on camera setting about the men with her handbag as they robbed Michael Jones Jewellers in Gold Street on 7 February.

The men, all from north London, appeared at Northampton Crown court in connection with the raid in which £100,000 worth of watches were taken.

All five were remanded in custody for sentence on 23 May.

Shop window smashed

Patrick O'Brien, 18, of Arlington Square, Islington; Terry Ingles, 22, of Arran Walk, Canonbury; Edward Smith, 28, of Staveley Close, Holloway; Jason Hartles, 25, of Peabody Square, Islington and Michael Sharpe, 39, from Rowstock Gardens, Holloway, all admitted conspiracy to burgle.

The footage broadcast by ITV's Anglia Tonight showed the windows of the jewellers being smashed during the incident.

The prosecution accepted not guilty pleas to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Ingles also admitted taking a Vespa scooter without authority and driving while disqualified, while O'Brien admitted being carried on the scooter without authority.

Prosecutor Alisdair Smith told Judge Charles Wide QC: "O'Brien had been armed with a sledgehammer and was at the doorway of the shop when Mrs Timson arrived at the scene.

"She gets to O'Brien and he turns to flee on the back of a scooter that Ingles is driving. They fall off. O'Brien is detained at the scene and Ingles runs off."

Swinging handbag

Video footage showed Mrs Timson, a retired market trader, running up Gold Street past other shoppers after spotting the raid in progress.

Swinging her handbag, she was seen to hit one of three men sitting on scooters before turning her attention to the three other men who were smashing the shop window.

As the gang escaped, O'Brien jumped on the back of Inglis' scooter.

It fell over and O'Brien, who was hit again by Mrs Timson, was held by members of the public until the police arrived. Inglis was seen running off down the street.

Mr Smith said Sharpe was seen on CCTV standing on the opposite side of the road at the time of the raid.

He was said to be in regular contact with Smith during the course of the morning.

Hartles was linked to the crime through glass found on his clothes.

Pre-sentence reports are being prepared on O'Brien, Ingles and Hartles.

Footage of Mrs Timson's actions was posted on YouTube, turning her into a celebrity and earning her the nickname "Supergran".

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