Axe attack gang jailed for holiday camp raid

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Image caption The men were on trial at Exeter Crown Court

Four members of a gang who attacked a holiday camp worker with an axe during a raid in Devon have been jailed.

The men from Somerset stole about £10,000 in the robbery in Dawlish Warren and caused their victim serious injuries, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Craig Lockyer, 28, Karl Daniels, 35, and Dean Smart, 27, admitted robbery. Getaway driver Michael Kelly, 21, admitted conspiracy to burgle.

They were jailed for between three and 12 years.

'Extreme violence'

The men lay in wait in the Golden Sands Holiday Park during the August Bank Holiday last year for staff to put takings in a safe.

The masked men attacked doorman Timothy Harrison, who tried to resist, and battered him with an axe as he tried to shelter behind a washing machine.

Mr Harrison suffered deep cuts to his body and legs from the axe, and wounds to his head from a hammer, the court was told.

Lockyer, of Hillside Close, Radstock - who had the axe - was jailed for 12 years and Daniels, of Wookey, Somerset, was sent to prison for 11 and a half years.

Smart, 27, of Southlands, Bath, was jailed for eight years and Kelly, 21, of Lippiatt Lane, Bath, was imprisoned for three years and nine months.

Judge Francis Gilbert said: "The most serious aspect of this case is the extreme violence which was used with Lockyer and the axe and by one of the others."

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