Dorset

Trio jailed over gunpoint robberies of escorts

From left - Barbara Edwards, Mitch Jarvis and Saul Powell Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Barbara Edwards, Mitch Jarvis and Saul Powell targeted three women

Three people who robbed women working as escorts at gunpoint have been jailed.

Mitch Jarvis, Saul Powell, both from Ramsgate, and Barbara Edwards, from Poole, targeted three women in Bournemouth, Poole and Canterbury.

Their offences included robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Jarvis, 24, and Powell, 24, were jailed for 17-and-a-half years, while Edwards, 51, was given a 10-year sentence.

They were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday after Edwards, of Guest Avenue in Poole, had been found guilty by a jury. Jarvis, of Martins Close, Ramsgate, and Powell, of Dundonald Road, Ramsgate, had earlier pleaded guilty to their part in the crimes.

Dorset Police said the two men conspired with Edwards, who also worked as an escort, to commit the robberies.

Detectives said the gang was caught when a police patrol stopped an Audi Q7 in Charminster Road, Bournemouth, on 20 March.

Officers found Edwards was driving wearing latex gloves and a balaclava. Jarvis had a blank-firing pistol in his waistband and was carrying gaffer tape, leather gloves and cable ties.

Powell had a balaclava, locking knife and latex gloves.

Det Sgt Catie Holmes said: "I would like to pay tribute to the victims for having the confidence in Dorset Police to come forward and report the offences."

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