Man jailed for violent crime spree

A MAN who committed four crimes in 40 minutes has been sentenced to three years in prison.

At about 10.30pm on Sunday May 6, Paul Peachey, 33 – who was riding a bicycle – robbed a man and a woman in Wheatfield Road, Luton.

He blocked an alleyway through which the couple were walking and stole mobile phones, jewellery and a bike.

Ten minutes later Peachey tried to steal a mobile phone from a woman in the same road but fled empty handed when she ignored his demands and ran to a nearby house for help.

Detective Constable Barry Kerr of the South Beds robbery team said: “This conviction serves as a timely reminder that street robberies will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and we will do everything that we can to find and prosecute those responsible.

Just after 11pm, Peachey approached a man in The Green, Houghton Regis who was sitting in his car and demanded he hand over his phone.

When the victim refused, Peachey attacked the man using the rear view mirror as a weapon before being arrested by police.

Peachey, of Camford Court, Kempston, pleaded guilty to two offences of robbery, attempted robbery and assault with attempt to rob, at Luton Crown Court on May 25.

“Peachey is a dangerous individual who used violence and the fear of violence to get what he wanted from his victims.

“Thankfully, this sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime and I am pleased to see that Peachey will not be able to cause fear or harm to the public for a long time.”

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