Jail for armed robbers

Two men who raided a restaurant in Giltbrook at knife point have been sent to jail for a total of 22 years.

Kieran Moss, aged 26, of Seaton Crescent, Aspley and Nathan Furnell, aged 25, of Aspley Lane, Aspley, were convicted at Nottingham Crown Court of robbery on July 12.

Following a trial they were found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 12 years and 10 years in jail, respectively.

The pair were involved in an attack on Frankie & Benny’s restaurant at Giltbrook Retail Park, in Ikea Way, at about 10.15pm on Sunday 31 July, 2011.

Staff were closing up when the masked men entered the premises and threatened them with knives.

They stole mobile phones and forced the manager to open the safe, before fleeing in a stolen Mercedes with £5,000 in cash.

The getaway vehicle was later abandoned and forensically examined by police.

Moss and Furnell were linked to the robbery by a mixture of fingerprint and DNA matches, identification from CCTV footage, and extensive work with mobile phone networks, placing them in the area at the time of the robbery and latterly tracking of one of the stolen mobile phones.

Detective Sergeant Steve Wragg said: “The judge has come down hard on these men, and rightly so.

“While no one was injured in the attack the pair forced their victims to endure a terrifying ordeal at knifepoint.

“Not only have they had to come to terms with what happened that night, but they have had their entire sense of security shaken.

“Moss and Furnell didn’t care about the impact on others, but they now have plenty of time to think about it in their cells.”