Man sent to prison for conspiracy to rob a security van in city

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A man has been jailed for his part in a conspiracy to rob a security van in Lancaster where he ran over the police officer trying to stop him as he escaped.

Simon Shaw, 36, of Whitemoss Avenue, Blackpool, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit robbery, and eight months’ imprisonment, to be served consecutively, for unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle at Preston Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to both charges during a trial at the same court last month.

On Friday, September 27, Shaw and his accomplices in two stolen vehicles bearing false number plates followed a security van belonging to Greenteam Services Ltd into Lancaster with the intention of committing a robbery.

Once on King Street, Lancaster, the driver of the security van alerted officers to the two vehicles following him. When the officers attempted to stop the two vehicles, both vehicles sped off in an attempt to escape, with Shaw hitting one of the police officers before speeding off. Thankfully, the officer was not seriously injured.

Shaw was later arrested, charged and remanded into custody on Monday, November 4 of last year after his DNA was found on a pair of gloves close to the vehicle, which he left abandoned on Knowsley Road, Lancaster, before then fleeing into nearby countryside.

DS Fiona Jackson of Lancaster CID said; “Credit must go to the vigilant security officers who were working that day and alerted the police to the vehicles, thus preventing the robbery from taking place.

“Shaw’s actions were dangerous and reckless, placing members of the public and police at risk of harm, and I am thankful no one was seriously injured.

“ This was a serious and organised crime, and I welcome the lengthy custodial sentence given to him.”