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Man convicted of armed robberies

News   •   Jul 14, 2017 05:00 BST

A man who targeted bookmakers in south-east London in a series of armed robberies has been found guilty.

Okeeno Blair, 23 (3.11.93) of Woodvale, Forest Hill was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment on Wednesday, 12 July after a two-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

We await a date for sentencing.

The charges relate to a series of five robberies at Ladbrokes branches in the Lewisham area committed between 30 November 2016 and Sunday, 8 January.

On each occasion, Blair, along with an unknown accomplice would approach the victims on the street, threaten them at gunpoint, forcing them to hand over the keys to the premises, the shop’s alarm code, and victim’s mobile phone or phones.

During the commission of these offences, one of the robbers would hold the victim captive, while the other entered the premises and stole cash before leaving on foot.

The total amount stolen was £27,400.

Blair was identified after Flying Squad officers analysed CCTV footage and forensic evidence found at the scene of the robberies.

Blair was arrested on Wednesday, 11 January and subsequently charged with the above offences.

Detective Inspector Nick Blackburn, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said:

“Blair was responsible for carrying out this spree of terrifying and brazen robberies over approximately six weeks. A number of Ladbrokes employees had a gun pointed at them, and they feared for their lives. His prompt arrest and conviction has averted a potential serious threat to public safety and commercial premises in particular.

“Blair has now been found guilty of his crimes, and faces a lengthy prison sentence.”