A Lowestoft man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for robbery and firearms offences.
Daniel Burrows, 33, of London Road South in Lowestoft, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, January 17 after pleading guilty to several offences at an earlier hearing.
Mr Burrows’ incarceration follows an incident at Kings Kebab in London Road, Lowesoft, on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
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Police were called at approximately 11:40pm following reports a male had threatened staff with a gun before taking a can of soft drink and leaving on foot.
A few minutes later, police were called again by a man reporting he had been threatened by a male carrying a gun in the communal area of a flat on London Road South.
Officers, including armed officers, attended and conducted a search for the suspect.
During this time, police were called by the NHS First Response mental health team reporting a call they had received from a known male who disclosed he was in possession of a loaded gun.
At just before 1am on Wednesday, September 22, the suspect, Burrows, was located walking in the middle of London Road South and was arrested before being taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
During his interview, Burrows disclosed that the weapon was a gas-powered gun which had been stripped to make it inoperable and that he had hidden it in a wall off Bixley Green. This was later recovered by police and established as defective.
Burrows was charged with robbery, possession of a firearm, namely a toy gun, with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a class B controlled drug, namely cannabis.
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In court, the 33-year-old was sentenced to 32 months for robbery and eight months for possession of an imitation firearm, which will be served consecutively, making a total sentence of 40 months.
He was also ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.
Detective Constable Edward Vincent said: “Daniel Burrows is vulnerable due to his mental health, but his use and consumption of narcotics does not help his mental health in any way. Prior to this offence, he made indications that he wished to seek medical help for a mental health episode he felt he was having.
“However, his intent on using a firearm to commit an offence and gaining possession of this prior to the incident shows a degree of forward planning. The gravity of the offence and the threat and stress imposed on members of the public is, without doubt, massive.”
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