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Armed robbers threatened Orpington cashiers with sawn-off shotgun and handgun

PUBLISHED: 12:21 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:25 11 July 2016

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Two men have been jailed

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Two men, one from Orpington, have been jailed after carrying out several armed robberies across Orpington.

Paul Brown, 38, of Isabella Drive, Orpington pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery along with 38-year-old Scott Smith of New Beacon Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The first offence happened at a sub-post office on Crofton Road.

At around 5.20pm on December 8 last year, Brown approached the post office counter and threatened staff with a handgun.

Smith pushed a bag under the security screen and ordered staff to fill it with money.

They made off with £695 in cash.

The pair stuck again that month, when Smith and Brown entered a newsagents on the same road.

This time Smith is believed to have been armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

Staff in the shop were threatened, before the robbers made off with £400 in cash.

On the duo’s final robbery, Smith and Brown entered the Co-Operative Store on Crescent Way at around 9.20pm February 13.

Two young cashiers were threatened, before the two men took £200 cash from the till.

Police arrested the duo in March, they were then charged at a later date.

Both men will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, August 12.

Det Sgt Gary Ferguson of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “We were determined to catch Smith and Brown quickly as their crimes included serious threats of extreme violence towards innocent members of the public.

“I am delighted that the danger they posed to public safety has now been averted. I have no doubt that, had they not been arrested so quickly, they would have gone on to commit further offences.

“I would like to thank the victims in this case for their brave assistance.”

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