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Four men jailed for vicious Knaresborough armed robbery

Lewis Walker, Shelby Bruce, Joel Hutchinson and Jason Henriques Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption (Clockwise from top left) Lewis Walker, Shelby Bruce, Joel Hutchinson and Jason Henriques were jailed at Bradford Crown Court

Three men who subjected a couple to a vicious armed robbery at their home have been jailed.

Lewis Walker, 29, Shelby Bruce, 24, and Jason Henriques, 25, from Leeds, burst into Darren and Rebecca Broadbent's Knaresborough home before attacking Mr Broadbent with a knife.

The gang fled the scene with property, including a £150,000 diamond ring.

A fourth man, Joel Hutchinson, 30, who helped plan the raid was also jailed.

Bradford Crown Court heard Walker, Bruce and Henriques used a rock to smash a patio door at the property before stabbing Mr Broadbent in the face, arm, leg and hand as he tried to protect his wife.

'Everybody's worst nightmare'

In a statement read out in court, Mr Broadbent said he and his wife had been renting the property while their "dream home" was being built nearby.

He said they had moved from London to North Yorkshire to raise their children "in a safe environment" but the robbery had "taken virtually everything away from us"

"I thought we were going to die," he said.

Mr Broadbent said he and his wife had been forced to relocate as a result of the robbery.

Jailing the four men, Judge Robert Bartfield said: "Being attacked in your own home like this is everybody's worst nightmare."

Walker, of Larkhill Walk, Leeds, and Hutchinson, of Raylands Way, also from Leeds, were both jailed for 13 years and seven months after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to rob.

Bruce, of Cross Quarry Street, Leeds, and Henriques, 25, of no fixed abode, were both jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of the same charge after a trial.

Bruce was sentenced to a further year behind bars for contempt of court and Walker received an additional four months for the same charge. Their sentences will run consecutively.

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