7th Dec, 2016

Two jailed for Chelmsley Wood knife-point robbery

Aisling Kiely 12th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TWO MEN have been jailed after a taxi driver was robbed at knife point.

Tony Walker, of Somervile House, Chelmsley Wood and Michael Johnson, of Audley Road, Stetchford pleaded guilty to holding the taxi driver against his will outside the property in Chelmsley Wood and stealing his possessions – including a sum of cash and a sat nav.

West Midlands Police were called to the scene and the pair were arrested after a full inspection of the property.

Tony Walker was jailed for four year and six months.

Michael Johnson – who was also convicted of two further robberies – received five years.

Detective Constable, Dave Mason said: “The hapless thugs thought they could get away with the robbery, but what they didn’t realise is that we had had a tip-off that Walker, who was wanted for criminal damage, had just arrived at his property.

“The taxi driver was able to supply us with a clear description of the offenders and had said that one man had a bandage wrapped around his head.

“They obviously knew that we had a lot of incriminating evidence and they did the right thing by pleading guilty at court.

“Taxi drivers are in a very vulnerable position as they work alone and we hope that this sends a message that attacks on drivers will not be tolerated and people who do target them have the very real possibility of being jailed.

“We hope that this conviction brings some comfort to the victim who was subjected to what must have been a terrifying ordeal.”