Littleport father and son appear in court charged with armed robbery

PUBLISHED: 17:25 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

A father and son appeared in court today (Thursday May 1) alongside a third man charged in connection with a string of robberies and burglaries across West Norfolk and the Fens. Norfolk police had charged the three with a number of offences in relation to

A father and son appeared in court today (Thursday May 1) alongside a third man charged in connection with a string of robberies and burglaries across West Norfolk and the Fens.

Norfolk police had charged the three with a number of offences in relation to more than 30 crimes committed between August 17, 2007, and February 8, 2008, at villages throughout the county as well as in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire.

James Curtis, 47, of Millfield, Littleport, Cambs, Charles Lee, 44, of Great Gidding, Cambs and Mark Curtis, 17, from the Littleport area were arrested following inquiries by Norfolk's major investigation team.

They are all charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with firearms, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles.

The three appeared before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court where they were remanded in custody and their case was committed to Norwich Crown Court for a hearing on May 16.

There was no application for bail and the men spoke only to confirm their names and addresses. Magistrates declined to place an order, which would have stopped the press from naming of the Mark Curtis.

A fourth man, James Walter Curtis, 25 of Millfield, Littleport, Cambs, who is charged with the same offences, appeared before Lynn magistrates last week.

He was also remanded in custody and his case adjourned until May 16, when all four will appear together at the crown court.

A string of robberies sparked a massive police manhunt last summer.

The offences to which the charges relate include: aggravated burglary in Chestnut Avenue, Welney, on August 18, 2007; armed robbery at the Comfort Inn, Northwold, on August 29; armed robbery at Birchfield Road, Nordelph, on September 10; Armed robbery at the Causeway, Stow Bridge, on September 13; armed robbery at Vong Lane, Pott Row, on September 14; armed robbery at New Road, North Runcton, on September 15; armed robbery at Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, on September 16; Armed robbery at Back Drove, Upwell, on September 16; armed robbery at Lynn Road, Wereham, on September 17; armed robbery at Weeting Bowls Club, on September 24; armed robbery at Castle Acre Post Office on November 21; armed robbery at Railway Store, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, on November 22; armed robbery at a post office on Wootton Estate, Oxfordshire, on November 26; burglary at Great Ellingham on December 1; theft of a motor vehicle in Mattishall on December 3; theft of a motor vehicle in Watton on December 4; theft of a motor vehicle in Stowmarket on December 5; burglary at Rickenhall on December 5; burglary at Methwold on December 12; burglary at Foulden on December 12; robbery at Bridge Road, Stoke Ferry, on December 12; burglary at Gayton Road, Gayton, on December 15; burglary at Stow Bridge on December 23; burglary at Shouldham on January 7, 2008; burglary at West Dereham on January 7; burglary at Shouldham on January 10; two burglaries at Methwold on January 18; two burglaries at Southery on January 19; and aggravated burglary at Tilney St Lawrence, near King's Lynn on February 7.

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