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Jailed: Bethnal Green man who handled phones stolen by moped-riding robbers

PUBLISHED: 18:51 11 October 2017

Shamsul Chowdhury. Picture: Met Police

Shamsul Chowdhury. Picture: Met Police

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A Bethnal Green man has been jailed for handling mobile phones stolen by moped-riding robbers whose victims include former chancellor George Osborne.

Claude Parkinson. Picture: Met Police Claude Parkinson. Picture: Met Police

Shamsul Chowdhury, of Usk Street, was sentenced to four years and 10 months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods.

He was jailed in August but the news has only been released today after the robbers were jailed.

Southwark Crown Court heard the raiders carried out more than 103 crimes over five days in Camden, Westminster, Islington, and Kensington and Chelsea between April 18 and May 5 this year.

Victims, who were occasionally threatened with a hammer and a metal bar, had their phones snatched as they walked.

Claude Parkinson, 18, from Islington, and two others aged 16 and 15 who cannot be named because of their age, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.

Parkinson was sentenced to five years and three months while the teenagers were each sentenced to four years and two months.

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