Jailed for market trader robbery

A police image of Mr James' van, which was found burnt out after the robbery. ANL-150901-160430001
A police image of Mr James' van, which was found burnt out after the robbery. ANL-150901-160430001
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Two men have been jailed for five years following the robbery of a vehicle containing jewellery worth £100,000 from a Spalding Market trader.

Stallholder Stephen James (56), known as Eggy, was punched to the ground in Boston just before 5am on November 3 2012 and his van was driven off as he clung to the door. It was later found burnt out at Benington.

Jamie Holland (27), of White House Lane, Boston, and Barnabas Wood, also aged 27, of Woodthorpe Avenue, Boston, pleaded guilty to robbery at Lincoln Crown Court.

Danielle Thorne (22), of White House Lane, admitted assisting an offender and was given a four month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision and 60 hours’ unpaid work.

DC Gary Dreher said: “This was a high value robbery and Mr James’ entire stock was stolen. The pair showed total disregard for him when the van was driven off while he was clinging to the door and the consequences could have been extremely serious. Both men are dangerous individuals who deserve to be behind bars.”

Holland is serving 13 years for attempted robbery and his five year sentence will run consecutively.