Man Charged Following Atherstone Robbery

Saturday, 20th September 2014

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the Robbery at Gold and Silver Investments in Atherstone earlier this month.

Junior Laing aged 27 from Perry Barr in Birmingham has been charged with robbery, firearms offences and assault. He appeared at Leamington Magistrates Court yesterday (17th September) and has been remanded in custody until Monday 2nd March when he due to stand trial at Warwick Crown Court.
A 30 year old woman from Atherstone was also arrested in connection with the incident on Saturday 6th September . She was released on bail and rearrested yesterday, She is currently being questioned by officers.
The robbery occurred on Thursday 4th September at around 2.30pm when two people entered the shop from Long Street in Atherstone. On entering the shop, one offender brandished a long barrelled firearm and threatened staff, demanding cash and jewellery. This offender also used the weapon to strike the victim to the face, knocking him to the ground. A second offender has searched the store, stealing items of jewellery and cash inside before fleeing to a waiting vehicle.

They made off in a white Seat Ibiza from the rear of the Atherstone Leisure Centre. The offenders then collected a second vehicle in a nearby lane, which was a white Audi Q7.

Image released by police of armed robbery suspectPolice have released images of a third man who they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Neil Reader said: “This is an appalling act of violence towards well respected members of the business community in North Warwickshire. The use of a firearm in any crime raises fears and clearly presents a very real perception of violence. I seek to reassure all communities that crimes involving firearms within Warwickshire are extremely rare.

“My team have worked tirelessly to investigate this offence and the apprehension of two offenders and charges that followed is a credit to them and the involvement of the community. I am seeking further information from anyone that has any information regarding the third person, as identified in the still image, with the ‘Henleys’ top on. I am also appealing for further information relating to any sightings of the Seat Ibiza, and a white Audi Q7 within the Atherstone area near to the time of the incident”

If anyone has any information they can contact Nuneaton CID on 02476641111 or Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website:


CCTV image of an armed robbery suspect