North East Wales

Prestatyn robbery: Gang jailed for 23 years

Four gang members who robbed a security guard as he was delivering £2,500 cash to a north Wales bank have been jailed for a total of 23-and-a-half years.

Alan Curtis was kicked as two of the men jumped out of a stolen Volkswagen Golf outside a NatWest branch in Prestatyn on July 2009.

The gang from Liverpool planned the robbery at a nearby holiday camp.

At Mold crown court, Judge Niclas Parry described it as a "carefully planned, sophisticated conspiracy".

Ian Michael Edwards, 24, who is already serving seven years for three other robberies, received a concurrent eight year sentence. He had allowed the others to use his holiday caravan as a base.

Sean Lavin, 24, who is serving six years for two robberies, was jailed for six-and-a-half years to run concurrently.

Daniel Doran, 24, received five years and Mark Fulton, 23, four years. Both were sentenced in their absence after failing to appear at court and a warrant was issued for their arrest.

All four admitted conspiring to rob the security guard.

"The physical effect of what you did is obvious," said judge Parry.

"It must have been terrifying for the victim. The courts will protect those working in vulnerable positions, such as this man, when they have the opportunity to do so."

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