Robber is convicted of kidnap

A MAN has been convicted of kidnap after a bungled robbery in Heckmondwike last year.
Jurors spent four hours deliberating at Leeds Crown Court over accused Shaun Clough’s ‘not guilty’ pleas.
They eventually convicted Clough, 22, of Hare Park Drive, Hightown, on three charges by a majority verdict of 11 to one.
Clough is due to sentenced on May 27 along with coaccused Ryan Walker, who had pleaded guilty, over a botched robbery  on November 6.
The court heard Clough and Walker, aided by two unknown accomplices, forced their way into a home in Heckmondwike’s Westgate.
They tried to rob victim Wayne Routledge of drugs and money. Mr Routledge was held at knifepoint by Walker and then abducted.
Clough tied up Mr Routledge’s girlfriend Rebecca Fellows, the couple’s two young children and a 16yearold girl in an upstairs bedroom.
Mr Routledge was then tied up, had a pink pillowcase put over his head and was forced into a blue Vauxhall Vectra.
He was released a short time later after being driven to Littletown. He raised the alarm at the Londis shop in Knowler Hill.
Walker and Clough were arrested in Staincliffe a few days later. Clough tried to run from police and then hid behind a wall before giving himself up.
Clough denied attempted robbery, false imprisonment and kidnap, claiming he spent the night with his girlfriend at a house in Abbey Road, Healey.
He also claimed in court the victims were lying to incriminate him and that he had never met Mr Routledge or Miss Fellows.
Walker, meanwhile, admitted attempted robbery, unlawful wounding, false imprisonment and kidnap at an earlier hearing.

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