Pair sentenced following knifepoint robbery

Nathan Crewe (left) and Carl Latham
Nathan Crewe (left) and Carl Latham

Two men who robbed a shop in Harborough at knifepoint have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 13 years in prison.

Carl Latham (39) and Nathan Crewe (25) raided the Spar shop in Coventry Road on January 29 last year, threatening staff with a knife before escaping with £1,600 in cash.

They were also convicted of robbery at the Co-op in Ratby on February 13, when £2,000 was taken and of Sainsbury’s in Wigston two days later, when they escaped with £900.

Offences also took place on February 1 at a Spar shop in Barnwell Road, Cambridgeshire when £1,000 was taken and at a Co-op, in Dartford, Kent on February 29, when £1,300 was taken.

In all of the incidents Latham and Crewe entered the stores and threatened staff members with knives before making off with quantities of cash, Leicestershire Police said.

Latham, whose address was given as Hewell Grange Prison in Worcestershire, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to eight years in prison.

Crewe, of Catherine Street, Leicester, was sentenced to five years, four months.

Both had pleaded guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing.

Detective Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who led the investigation, said: “These two offenders carried out a number of offences across the county and spreading further afield.

“The incidents were incredibly frightening for the staff and members of public in the stores and I would like to thank them for their help and cooperation throughout the investigation which has no doubt played a part in the conviction of Latham.

“The police investigation involved a lot of work from dozens of officers and departments. I hope today’s sentence reassures members of the public that two dangerous men have been taken off the streets.”