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Knife-wielding Little Hadham youth Bradley Gill given seven-and-a-half years' custody for 15 robbery offences in the space of five days

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A knife-wielding youth from Little Hadham has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in custody for a string of robberies and attempted robberies, including five in Bishop’s Stortford.

Bradley Gill, 19, of Lloyd Taylor Close, appeared at St Albans Crown Court via video link on December 21 for sentencing. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution.

He had previously pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery and nine of attempted robbery, which happened in a five-day period in December 2019.

A knife was reportedly shown in one of the two robberies and in one of the three attempted robberies that happened in Stortford in broad daylight on the weekend of December 15-16 that year.

Five boys, aged 14 to 16, were the victims of offences in The Causeway, South Street, Piggotts Way and Sworder's Field.

Gill's ten other offences were in Potters Bar, St Albans, Hertford and Brookmans Park.

At the time, a 19-year-old man from Potters Bar, a boy of 16 from Little Hadham and a 15-year-old boy from Waltham Cross were also arrested.

Det Con Barnaby Goding, of the Hertsmere local crime unit, said after Gill's sentencing: “These were disturbing incidents for all of the victims and so we are pleased Bradley Gill has been taken off the streets.

“A knife was used to threaten some of the victims during these incidents. I’d like to again reiterate that the constabulary takes robbery very seriously and knife crime will not be tolerated.

“We will do all we can within our powers to catch and punish those responsible.”

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