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Probe into armed raids: 14th man is charged.

Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

A 14TH MAN has been charged in connection with two armed robberies at Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm and Middlesbrough.

A 19-year-old man from the Thornaby area was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and is due to appear at court next Wednesday.

Earlier this year, seven men aged between 19 and 31 were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with the two incidents which took place on November 10, 2014, and January 13, 2015.

A 24-year-old man from the Cleveland area was also charged with criminal property and drugs offences and a 24-yearold man from the Manchester area was also charged with firearms offences.

Additionally, six men from the Manchester area were reported for summons in connection with the incidents.

Market Cross on Yarm High Street was raided on November 10 last year.

The Middlesbrough shop on Linthorpe Road was targeted on January 13 this year.

In both raids, weapons were used and thieves fled with cash and hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of high-value watches and jewellery. No one was injured.

Three Teesside men - brothers Antony Northmore, 24, and Scott Northmore, 19, of Hampden Way, Thornaby; and Thomas Reeve, 28, of Beech Grove, Maltby - along with William Turton, 21, of Abbey Road, Sadberge, Co Durham, Christopher Worgan, 31, of Walker Road, Manchester, and Billy-Jo Thompson, 24, of Conway Close, Whitefield, Manchester, have previously appeared in court facing charges of conspiracy to rob.

Antony Northmore was also charged with possessing criminal property and a drugs offence.

Thompson was also charged with acquiring criminal property and possession of a weapon.

None of the six has yet entered pleas. They are due to reappear at Teesside Crown Court on January 8 next year. A trial, which could last four to five weeks, is expected to be scheduled for a later date.

The four North-east men were remanded in custody at the October hearing while the two from Manchester were granted bail.

Seven other men - Shaun Booth, 28, of Gill Street, Manchester; Joseph Donovan, 24, of Copthall Lane, Manchester; Samuel Hughes, 28, of Stoke Heath Prison; Ian Ogden, 26, of Forest Bank Prison; David Patmore, 31, of Frankland Prison; Jamie Scott, 27, of Benville Walk, Manchester; and Liam Wright, 25, of Strangeways Prison - are also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. Donovan was also charged with acquiring criminal property, and Hughes with concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property.

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| Police on the scene at |Market Cross Jewellers in Middlesbrough town centre, above and left, and on Yarm High Street, far left. A 14th man has now been charged in connection with the probe into the raids which happened in Yarm

in November 2014 and in Middlesbrough in January this year KATIE LUNN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Nov 20, 2015
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