Five men from Islington plead guilty to supergran robbery
FIVE men from Islington admitted their part in a jewellery heist that was foiled by a handbag-wielding grandmother.
Edward Smith, 28, of Staveley Close, Holloway, Jason Hartles, 25, of Peabody Square, Islington, Terry Ingles, 22, of Arran Walk, Canonbury, Michael Sharpe, 39, of Rowstock Gardens, Holloway and Patrick O’Brien, 18, of Arlington Square, Islingon, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.
A second charge of conspiracy to rob was allowed to remain on file.
The crime hit international headlines after a video showed 71-year-old Ann Timson running up to six men as they attempted to smash the windows of the shop with sledgehammers on February 7.
Ms Timson started hitting the men with her handbag and caused them to flee the scene on motorbikes.
You may also want to watch:
O’Brien fell off his bike and was detained by members of the public until the police arrived.
All five men have been remanded in custody prior to sentencing on May 23.
- 1 'Good Samaritan' chased off random attacker who hit woman
- 2 Man wanted in connection with Kings Cross sex assault
- 3 Thornhill School's 'dream' library opens after parents' 'relentless' fundraising efforts
- 4 Campaigners debate future of Holloway Women's Building with Peabody Trust
- 5 Islington's great beer gardens - reopening today
- 6 Hackney and Islington have some of the loudest neighbours in London
- 7 Drugs and cash seized in multi-force police op
- 8 Bunhill by-election set to go-ahead following Claudia Webbe's resignation
- 9 Can you help identify this man?
- 10 Canonbury landlords defy pandemic to launch new pub