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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Two jailed after knifepoint robbery at Forest Recreation Ground

He started running towards the main tram stop on the Forest Park and Ride but as he looked behind he saw Childs and Eddyshaw were still following him.

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Two men arrested within minutes of robbing a man on the Forest Recreation Ground have been put behind bars.

The victim, a man aged in his 30s, was sitting on a bench when he was approached by 20-year-old Darron Childs and 30-year-old Ashley Eddyshaw.

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He walked away from the bench to try and avoid them but as he neared the café, he could hear they were close behind which made him feel increasingly scared.

He started running towards the main tram stop on the Forest Park and Ride but as he looked behind he saw Childs and Eddyshaw were still following him.

They caught up to the victim who was knocked to the floor before being kicked.

Childs, of London Road, Nottingham, then punched him in the mouth causing his lip to bleed.

Eddyshaw, of Litchfield Road, Sneinton, told him to empty his pockets and asked if he had any money? The victim said ‘no’.

Childs then pulled out a long knife and threatened him with it while demanding for him to empty his pockets.

After putting the knife away Childs punched the victim to the face. He searched the man’s jacket pockets and took a bank card.

The robbers then dragged him off to a cash point machine wanting him to withdraw cash.

While the victim struggled Childs threatened further violence.  The pair made repeated demands for the victim’s bank card PIN number. Fearing further violence and aware that Childs had a knife he gave it to them.

They appeared to be satisfied, leaving the victim as they walked away, but the victim’s terrifying ordeal wasn’t over yet.

They ran back towards him and Childs instructed him to take his jacket off which was handed over, before they walked off again,

When there was sufficient distance between them, the victim reported the incident to the police, giving them a description of the men and a direction of travel.

Officers swiftly attended and searched for the suspects who were located and arrested in Addison Street just minutes later. The knife was also recovered.

The frightening incident happened at about 1.45am on 24 July 2020.

Childs was jailed for a total of three years and 10 months after admitting charges of robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Eddyshaw was locked up for three years and six months after pleading guilty to robbery.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Malik, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an extremely frightening experience for the victim. “Officers responded quickly and were able to support the victim and locate the offenders and a knife.

“I hope it brings him some comfort knowing that these robbers are now off our streets and safely behind bars.

“Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate knife crime and I’d like to reassure the public that we will continue to do all we can to bring those who carry a knife to justice.”