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Robbery gang 'threatened baby with knife' in Coventry

(Clockwise from top L) Gregory Crockett, Malik Ragnatt, Joshua Juggan and Daniel McKain Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Gregory Crockett, Malik Ragnatt, Joshua Juggan and Daniel McKain have all been jailed for their parts in the robbery

Members of a gang behind a "sickening" robbery in which a knife was held to a baby's throat have been jailed.

The group tied two women to chairs when they "stormed" a house in Coventry and ransacked it for valuables, police said.

Upon finding a safe in a kitchen cupboard, one of the men put a craft knife to the 10-month-old's neck and demanded the code.

Each member of the gang pleaded guilty to robbery.

West Midlands Police said the raiders fled the house in Cheswick Close, in the Stoke area, with the unopened safe last June.

They eventually prised it open with a crowbar and divided the cash found inside.

However, a "quick-witted" member of the public wrote down the getaway car's registration, leading officers to cousins Joshua Juggan and Malik Ragnatt.

The pair were stopped later that day by armed officers on the M40, and police later found balaclavas, duct tape and about £1,400 when they searched Juggan's Ford Fiesta.

When officers searched their phones, they found messages linking Daniel McKain and Gregory Crockett to the crime.

Despite their guilty pleas, police said none of the men had admitted being the one who threatened the baby.

Ragnatt, 22, of Bensham Lane, Croydon, was the last member of the group to be jailed.

He was given a 10-year sentence at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday.

The others, who previously admitted robbery, were sentenced as follows:

  • McKain, 29, of Southwark Tower, London, was jailed for 11 years
  • Crockett, 24, of Friars Road, Handsworth Wood, also admitted handling stolen goods and was jailed for 12 years
  • Juggan, 25, of Alvey Street, Southwark, was sentenced to 10 years

Det Con Tom Simpson from West Midlands Police, said: "This was a truly sickening case - it's hard to imagine that anyone could stoop so low as to threaten to injure a baby."

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