/ Man jailed for nine, violent, robberies

A man who committed violent robberies against sports clubs across North Manchester using weapons including a steak knife, crow bars and a pool cue, has been jailed.

Liam Worthington (01/12/1987) of Marleyer Close has been sentenced to 13 years and 6 months for eleven business robberies, today (04/09/17) at Manchester Crown Court.

The court heard how between October 2016 and February 2017, Worthington carried out eleven violent robberies at golf, cricket and social clubs, pubs and a restaurant across North Manchester and Lancashire.

In the first robbery on 9 October 2016, a husband and wife were cleaning up after a 50th celebration at Walmsley Golf Club, when the offenders forced their way in. During the robbery a watch was taken from the man’s wrist and tore a gold necklace from his wife’s neck, before stealing cash and a gold medal.

On 8 January 2017, the offenders entered the Haslingden Cricket Club with a crow bar, shouting at staff and customers to get down on the floor. A female staff members was dragged by her hair to the safe, where a large amount of money was stolen.

A week later (15/01/17) entry was forced to Chadderton Cricket and Bowling Club. During the course of the robbery a female staff member in was viciously attacked. The woman was grabbed by the neck and forced her to take the offenders to the safe, before hitting her repeatedly with a pool cue as she lay on the floor.

Detective Constable Mark Ellis of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “In the eleven robberies, Worthington’s violent actions contributed to the theft of over £21,000 in cash, a gold medal and jewellery which were ripped from his victims.”

“It is going to take a long time for the victims to recover from the damage left by this violent string of robberies.”

“These sports and social clubs were clearly targeted, with the man using everything from a steak knife to a spanner in his mission to steal from, and terrorise, these local businesses.”

“Worthington acted in the knowledge that violence and weapons would be used in this spree of offences, but in his arrogance, left behind a wealth of evidence which has ultimately led to his conviction.”

“I hope today’s sentence goes some way to bring justice to the staff and customers that were caught up in Worthington’s senseless crime spree.”

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