Matthew Porter
Matthew Porter

A member of a gang that carried out an armed robbery on a jeweller’s in Newark has been jailed, after spending more than a year on the run.

Matthew Porter was sentenced to 10 years in prison when appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday for his part in the raid at Andrew Michael’s Jewellers, Stodman Street, on January 6, 2016.

Following the raid, the gang escaped with 29 Breitling watches, three Bell And Ross watches and other jewellery worth a total of £¼m.

Following a lengthy and complicated investigation involving other forces, the gang were swiftly arrested and charged but Porter remained outstanding.

The 37-year-old, formerly of St Nicholas Road, Boston, was arrested on August 31 last year, later pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Ten people had already been jailed in April 2017, receiving a combined total of more than 80 years in prison.

Judge Sarah Buckingham said at the April hearing that the robbery had been sophisticated, professional and well-planned.

Speaking following the sentencing of Porter, Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis said: “We are so pleased to be finally putting this case to rest.

“This was a very organised and high-value crime where a number of people from different counties across the Midlands played key roles in the offence.

“We were determined to leave no stone unturned in finding Porter and making sure he, too, was brought before the courts for the part that he played.”

The other sentences were:

  • Nathan Clarke, 28, of Wrigsham Street in Coventry received 11 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit robbery and converting criminal property, with a four-year extension to be served on licence. He was also given a further two years for an unrelated offence;
  • Adil Yasin, 25, of Oakwood Road, Springfield in Birmingham; Imran Zamir, 24, of Gladstone Road in Sparbrook, Birmingham; Raju Miah, 25, from Birmingham; and Tommy Walden, 28, of Peck Avenue in Boston, Lincolnshire, were each given 10 years and eight months for conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an imitation firearm;
  • John Daly, 29, of Station Road in Kings Norton, Birmingham received 14½ years after admitting conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery. Daly had 12 months of a suspended sentence activated that will be served consecutively.
  • Michelle Bradley, 30, of Forbes Road in Boston, Lincolnshire and Emma Porter, 35, of Allington Garden in Boston, Lincolnshire, each received four years for conspiracy to commit robbery;
  • Shah Alam, 39, of Floyer Road in Birmingham, was given 10 months for conspiracy to convert stolen property;

All of the above pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

  • Abdul Khalique, 38, of Pickard Street, Islington in London was found guilty of conspiracy to convert stolen property after trial and sentenced to 12 months in prison.