Man in court over two hammer robberies

A 22-year-old man will appear at Lincoln Magistrate’s Court on June 4th, in connection with two robberies involving hammers from May 7th. Lee Maddison, of Stainton Gardens, Lincoln, was charged on May 8th with two offences of robbery.

The first incident took place on Friday, May 7th, on Bawtry Close. A man threatened a taxi driver with a hammer and damaged the windscreen of the car, escaping with some cash. After the incident he ran off towards the flats at the end of Bawtry Close. The taxi driver was unhurt.

The second incident happened at about 9.40pm, on the same day, in Keddington Avenue. A man threatened a taxi driver with a hammer and stole cash before running into the Ermine Estate. The taxi driver was not injured.

Hammers — the weapon of choice

“We have had two or three incidents of hammers being used to commit crimes in the city recently,” Dick Holmes, Spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, told The Lincolnshire Echo. The latest of such incidents involve a 26-year-old man hit on the head from behind with a hammer on Monday evening, and the robbery at the James Usher & Son Jewellers last weekend.

“However it is still relatively unusual. It is possible that they are being used because they are readily available. People should be in no doubt that if they are found carrying a hammer and cannot offer a legitimate reason, they will find themselves in the nearest police station,” Holmes added.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: Kyle May via Flickr