Leeds post office armed raid teen locked up for eight years

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A TEENAGER who helped his father rob a village Post Office after they dressed up in woman’s clothing has been sent to a young offenders institution for eight years.

Declan Pick was handed the sentence two days after his father Martin, 38, was given a 23-year jail term over the raid at Boston Spa Post Office on March 23 last year. The pair were disguised in wigs, hats and women’s clothing, with one being pushed in a wheelchair.

Declan Pick.

Declan Pick.

They were filmed on CCTV entering the shop with the older man being pushed in the wheelchair.

Declan Pick produced what appeared to be a handgun and the pair forced open one of the tills and stole cash.

As the robbers ran from the shop they were pursued into the street by the postmaster.

Members of the public, some of them elderly and women, also gave chase and pulled off the robbers’ hats and wigs and tried to detain the men as they attempted to escape in a stolen white Nissan Juke driven by Martin Pick’s older brother Mark.

“You had everything going for you. Your mother warned you about associating with your father and uncle but you ignored that advice.”

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC

During the struggle, the postmaster was hit over the head with a crowbar.

Martin Pick, of Willow Avenue, Clifford, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm with criminal intent when he appeared at court.

Mark and Declan Pick were found guilty of the same offences after a trial at Leeds Crown Court in November

Mark Pick, 42, of Lea Farm Road, Leeds, was jailed for 16 years. Kate Batty, for Declan Pick, said he took part in the robbery because he sought the approval of his father, who has previous convictions for violent robbery.

Sentencing the teenager, judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You had everything going for you. Your mother warned you about associating with your father and uncle but you ignored that advice.”

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