Gunman carjacker Connor Newall, 19, gets 10 years

Connor Newall Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption Newall was caught after a police car chase

A teenager who carjacked a woman at gunpoint then robbed a post office has been jailed for 10 years.

Connor Newall, 19, threatened his 51-year-old victim as she sat in her car in Wigton, Cumbria, in November 2013.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court the 19-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted robbery, dangerous driving and possessing a firearm.

The hearing heard he was driven to crime because of a drug problem and spiralling debt.

The woman was in her car when she was approached by Newall who threatened her with a gun.

She handed over the car keys and he drove off.

Armed police were sent to area and a search began for the car.

'Huge distress'

Just over an hour after the "car jacking" Newall, wearing a balaclava, held up Kirkbride Post Office.

He again threatened a woman staff member with a gun and stole £1,200.

Newall was spotted and pursued at high speeds through Abbeytown.

He was eventually caught and arrested near Prospect on the A596, the court heard.

Det Chf Insp Mike Brown of Cumbria Police said: "Newall not only caused huge distress to the women he threatened with a gun, but could have seriously hurt or killed someone through his reckless driving.

"The back story to this case is that this was all driven by the defendant's involvement in drugs, and the debts he had accrued as a consequence.

"Indirectly drugs have led to decent people becoming victims of serious crime, not to mention the untold long-term psychological effects that these events may have on them."

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