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Armed robber hid in a tree and told police 'I'll be down in a minute'

David Patmore
David Patmore

An armed robber who hid up a tree, and when cornered by police shouted "I'll be down in a minute" while he tried to smash his phone, has been jailed for 19-and-a-half years.

David Patmore, 32, was sentenced with 10 others involved in a series of armed robberies across northern England, including two raids on Teesside jewellers where masked robbers were caught on CCTV methodically smashing display cabinets and grabbing watches (below).

Patmore, formerly of Moston, north Manchester and now of Frankland Prison, previously admitted ramming police who were trying to intercept him in Harpurhey, and driving at more than 70mph to escape with his lights off in the dark in December 2014.

He crashed into two cars before abandoning the stolen Audi Q3, running into the grounds of a church and hiding up a tree.

With police surrounding him, he shouted "I'll be down in a minute. I just don't want you to have my phone", Teesside Crown Court heard.

He was wanted in connection with a robbery at the Yarm, Teesside, branch of the Market Cross Jewellers where designer watches worth more than £500,000 were stolen in November 2014.

He also helped in raids by a Manchester-based gang on a cash machine in Bingley, West Yorkshire, and by purchasing tools used in a robbery in November 2014 at Fattorini's jeweller in Harrogate. The Crown accepted Patmore did not go on the raid which netted the gang between £600,000 and £1m.

Patmore and others robbed a house in Blackley, Manchester, where two men were threatened and a motorbike and Audi S5 were stolen.

He also took part in a "cash in transit" raid at the Nationwide Building Society in Sandbach, Cheshire, where robbers got away with £93,000.

Patmore, who was first convicted of a mugging aged 13 and has already been sentenced to nine years and 13-and-a-half years for previous robberies, also admitted counterfeiting coins.

Judge Tony Briggs called him a professional criminal, adding: "You are clearly intelligent, determined and energetic."

He was sentenced via videolink from prison having previously escaped from the dock.