Release Date: 03-Aug-2012
Five Mirfield men have been imprisoned today for their part in a series of robberies and an affray that took place on the London Park estate over the Christmas and New Year period.
Jordan Watkinson, Liam McCarthy, Nathan McCarthy, Jamie Evans and Bryan Laffey were all sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today (3 August) after being found guilty at an earlier trial held in July.
Jordan Watkinson received three years for attempted robbery and two for affray with Liam McCarthy receiving three years for attempted robbery and a further year for affray.
Nathan McCarthy was sentenced to six years in prison for robbery and six months for drugs offences. Jamie Evans received three and a half years for robbery.
Bryan Laffey was sentenced for six months for attempted robbery and twelve-months for robbery.
Nathan and Liam McCarthy will also be subject to five-year ASBOs when they are released. The ASBOs will, amongst other conditions, see the pair banned from entering the London Park estate.
In November and December last year and January 2012 the group targeted a flat on Eastway Park on the London Park estate. On each occasion they entered the flat threatening the people inside. On the 13 January, 2012, Nathan McCarthy, Evans and Laffey robbed three people in the flat.
Following the incidents, an investigation was launched by Dewsbury CID and the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT which led to the group being arrested.
DC Adrian Lever of Dewsbury CID handled the investigation. He said: "This group believed that they 'ran' the London Park estate, that they were untouchable and could commit crimes against people living on the estate as and when they pleased.
"However, the sentences they have received today clearly show that no-one is above the law. A painstaking investigation by a number of officers from CID and the NPT , supported by our partners in the council has led to today's convictions and we are pleased with the result, not just because it has put these offenders behind bars, but because now the law abiding of the London Park Estate will be able to sleep a little easier."
Cllr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Cabinet member for safer, stronger communities, said: "This is a great result for the residents of London Park and one that could not have been achieved without a tremendous effort behind the scenes by staff from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, the council's Community Rangers, Community Safety team, Youth Services and local voluntary groups. It is only as a result of close working with local residents and ward councillors that those affected by these appalling acts of antisocial behaviour have had the confidence and determination to provide the information needed to secure convictions.
"All those involved are committed to continuing this work to improve the lives of families living on the estate, and we hope this result gives people the confidence to share information, report problems, and take a stand against crime and antisocial behaviour.
PC's Gary Guy and Chris Bullock of the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT were heavily involved in the investigation and have worked on the estate for over a year, tackling anti-social behaviour. They added: "The sentences handed out today might not have been possible had it not been for the courage of the victims and witnesses in helping us with this investigation with their evidence.
"For over a year now we have worked on the estate to tackle these kinds of issues and are pleased to see this group behind bars. We are also delighted that this case has shown how the law abiding will work with the police to bring offenders to justice."