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Thursday, April 9, 2020

West Bridgford family in ‘sheer terror’ as armed robbers burst into their home


A family described the moment of “sheer terror” when three armed brothers broke into their home in West Bridgford.

In a victim statement read by the family shortly before the brothers were sentenced to almost 30 years between them, the dad said his brain has taken a photograph of the moment the masked men burst into the bedroom.

He said it would “haunt me and I know it will be with me until the day I die”.

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Jason, Michael and Lloyd Russell pleaded guilty to the robbery which happened in Holme Road on February 11.

The family, a couple and their daughter, barricaded themselves in the bedroom shortly after the dad was punched and had a knife held up to him.

He added he was “absolutely petrified” when he saw the weapons, a knife and a hammer which had been picked up inside the house, and emphasised how he was thinking “this was going to end very badly for us”.

“I was punched in the face by them,” he continued. “I had a knife held against me. Their behaviour became more and more unpredictable.

“I was upset and emotional in those early days.”

He developed a skin condition on his face and an eye infection shortly after the incident, and described feeling drained for a week.

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The mum said she experienced “sheer terror” and resorted to throwing herself at the bedroom door in an attempt to block them out.

She added: “From that moment they first burst through my bedroom door, it is an image I can’t shake from my mind.

“I’ve never been so frightened in my entire life. I just couldn’t see a way out of it at the time. People say I was brave throwing myself at the bedroom door to block them out.

“It was sheer desperation. I regularly lost sleep and dreamt about the incident.”

Her daughter said she hadn’t slept in the days after the ordeal, needing constant company and a week off.

She added: “I was horrified.

“I recognised the danger we were all in and felt they were here to hurt us.

“I felt completely helpless by their presence which was particularly highlighted by them having weapons”.

The trio left the home with a games console, a laptop, two iPads, two sets of car keys, a hammer, cash, a wallet and a gift card.

Many of the items were left outside the house.

The dad managed to get hold of a neighbour from the window and told her to call the police, and the “Find My iPhone app” led the police to their location by the River Trent.

Lloyd Russell, of Premier Road, Forest Fields, jumped into the river and said “tell them I’m sorry for what my brother did.”

Lloyd was jailed for eight years and eight months for robbery and passed concurrent sentences for breaching a suspended sentence and a community order.

Jason Russell, 36, of Wilford Crescent in The Meadows, who had the hammer and is a convicted robber, was jailed for 10 years by Judge Gregory Dickinson QC.

He passed lesser concurrent sentences for the possession of crack cocaine and breaching a suspended sentence.

Michael Russell, 31, of Woodborough Road, Alexandra Park, received 10 years and eight months in custody and an extended licence on release of three years.

He possessed the knife during the robbery.

The dad added the damage to the door cost £200 and the bedroom door is yet to be repaired.

Enhanced security has also be installed including CCTV.

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