Downham Market man jailed for gunpoint burger van robbery

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

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An 18-year-old man was jailed for more than two and a half years today after he admitted robbing a burger van on a Lynn industrial estate at gunpoint this summer.

Jack Wardle, of Hillcrest, Downham, was sentenced to 32 months in a young offenders’ institution during a hearing at Norwich Crown Court this morning.

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possession of a semi-automatic air weapon during a hearing last month.

The case related to an incident on the afternoon of July 23, in which cash was stolen from a burger van in Hansa Road on Lynn’s Hardwick industrial estate.

Wardle admitted stealing £50 in cash from the burger van and carrying a Crosman C41 semi-automatic air pistol with intent to cause the van’s staff to believe immediate violence would be used against them.

He was detained shortly after the incident happened and charged by police on the same day.