Friday, 20 May 2016

A robbery is foiled by two staff members who tackle a gunman, leaving him with his wig askew and his skirt falling down.
12:44, UK,Friday 20 May 2016
Ryan Valentine, 39, threatening a staff member at a jewellers in Leatherhead with an imitation handgun during an attempted robbery while dressed as a woman
An armed robber who disguised himself as a woman while trying to carry out a raid at a jewellers has been jailed for six years.
Ryan Valentine, 39, was caught on CCTV wearing a long, dark wig, sunglasses and a black skirt as he entered a shop in Leatherhead High Street, Surrey on 19 February.
Ryan Valentine has been jailed for six years for attempted robbery while dressed as a woman
He was seen pulling out an imitation gun from his handbag as crash helmet-wearing accomplice Raymond Price, 45, joined him in the shop.
The plot was foiled by two staff members who decided to tackle Valentine as he demanded cash and jewellery, leaving him with his wig askew and his skirt falling down.
Price was held at the scene while Valentine, after a struggle, managed to escape.
He was eventually arrested in Sussex several days after the attempted raid.
Valentine, of Walton-on-Thames, was jailed for six years and Price, of the same town received 45 months behind bars after they admitted possessing an imitation firearm, Surrey Police said.
Raymond Price was sentenced to 45 months in prison
A third person, 29-year-old Paula Green, of Weybridge, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for assisting an offender, police added.
Detective Sergeant Joe Easterbrook said afterwards: "This was a highly-unusual incident where two men in very distinctive clothing attempted to rob a local business in broad daylight.
"The two members of staff working that day refused to be intimidated by the suspects and showed tremendous bravery to challenge the two men and stop Price from leaving the store until our officers arrived.
"Although the members of staff were both very shaken by what took place, fortunately they both only suffered minor injuries during the incident."