Two men who used knives to rob and threaten during raid on a home - and hit a neighbour over the head with a wine bottle- jailed
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A man who subjected members of the public to threats and violence during an evening rampage last year has been jailed.
Thomas Lamb, 32, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment at Cambridge Crown Court on March 30 after pleading guilty to a string of offences.
On December 16, 2016 Lamb was with co-defendant Albert Smith, of Burwell, when, armed with a knife, he forced his way into a property in Six Mile Bottom Road, West Wratting and threatened the owner.
The pair left empty handed and went next door where they threatened the occupant with a Stanley knife before hitting him over the head with a wine bottle. They made off in the occupants Vauxhall Corsa.
They went on to crash the Corsa on Weston Colville Road and made attempts to steal a Toyota before they were picked up in a Transit van.
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The pair were later arrested in Caxton during which time Lamb spat at a police officer.
Lamb was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated taking a vehicle without consent, driving while disqualified and without insurance, actual bodily harm, possession of a bladed article, attempted theft of a vehicle and assaulting a police officer. He was jailed for a total of eight years and has been disqualified from driving seven years and eight months.
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His accomplice, Smith, 21, of Weirs Drove, Burwell was also jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated taking a vehicle without consent, driving without insurance, actual bodily harm, possession of a bladed article, theft and attempted theft of a vehicle. He has also been disqualified from driving for a year.
Detective Sergeant Andy Denzey said: “This was a horrific crime. The level of force used was excessive and this is reflected in the length of the sentence that Lamb was given.
“Lamb was clearly the driving force in this incident with Smith playing a lesser role.
“The sentence will ensure that Lamb cannot hurt anyone else in the community for many years to come.”