Raider robbed security guard with lighter which looked like a gun

Newcastle Crown Court
Newcastle Crown Court

A raider has admitted robbing a cash delivery worker outside a high street bank while armed with a gun-shaped lighter.

Craig Ferry held up the G4S worker near a branch of Barclays in Wallsend, North Tyneside, and took his cash box.

At the time of the raid the 25-year-old was armed with a fake gun, which was actually a lighter but "looked real".

At Newcastle Crown Court, via video link to HMP Durham, Ferry, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: "He accepts the full facts of the prosecution case, he accepts he was in possession of an imitation firearm at the time of the commission of the offence of robbery."

Andrew Walker, defending, said the fake firearm Ferry was carrying at the time of the robbery was actually a lighter. "It looked real but it was a lighter."

Judge Jeremy Freedman remanded Ferry in custody until the sentence hearing on September 5.

The judge told him: "You have pleaded guilty to a very serious cash-in-transit robbery when you had with you at the time an imitation firearm in the form of a lighter."

Judge Freedman said Ferry faces a "very substantial period of imprisonment".

A charge of having an imitation firearm with intent, which Ferry denied, has been left to lie on file after lawyers agreed the facts of that offence would be considered as part of the robbery.