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Bonnie & Clyde pair jailed 2nd time in a week after Central Line robbery

PUBLISHED: 15:32 05 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:03 05 April 2013

Claire Huckle and Paul Cripps

Claire Huckle and Paul Cripps

BTP

A ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple targeting victims at night on the London Underground have been slapped behind bars—for the second time in eight days.

Claire Huckle is inside for four-and-a-half years while Paul Cripps has been locked up for 10 years.

They went on a violent robbery spree, targeting lone passengers in the evening, and were finally caught when one victim identified the pair from CCTV footage.

Huckle, 30, and accomplice Cripps, 31, both admitted robbery when they appeared before a judge at Chelmsford crown court on Wednesday—and received four-and-a-half years each.

Huckle, from Laurence Close in Mile End, was already serving four-and-a-half years for attempted robbery, theft and false representation imposed at a previous trial at Snaresbook last week.

Cripps, who was living in Whitechapel’s Salvation Army hostel, appeared in the dock with her at Snaresbrook where he was given 10 years for attempted robbery and unlawful wounding.

Now they were being sentenced for robbing a man on the Central Line between Epping and Debden on September 26.

Huckle spotted the 36-year-old alone in a carriage and sat opposite him, making small talk, before waving to Cripps who was in the next carriage.

Cripps came in with a vodka bottle and sat next to the man, then demanded money and threatened to stab him.

He then hit him on the head with the bottle and punched him in the face—while Huckle looked through his bag.

The passenger was left with a dislocated shoulder and face bruising, but managed to get off at the next station and called police.

The ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ pair were arrested after being identified through CCTV.

Det Con Carl Wayte said after Wednesday’s hearing: “They targeted the man because he sat alone, which must have been a frightening experience.

“Their actions were callous and left the victim in a sling for six weeks and needing physiotherapy.”

The latest sentences run concurrent to the terms imposed on March 26.


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