Crime & the Law

Teenager jailed for armed robbery in Catford

Image courtesy of Met Police

Nazim ‘Naz’ McClarren. Image: Met Police

18-year-old Nazim ‘Naz’ McClarren from Hither Green Lane has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court for the robbery of a Catford convenience store recorded on CCTV.

He pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at the same court on December 2nd last year.

McClarren raided the store in Brookdale Road, Catford shortly before 8pm on 6th April 2014.

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Image: Google Maps.

The shopkeeper and a customer also in the store at the time.

The shopkeeper and a customer were in the shop when he threatened them with what they thought was a firearm and demanded money from the till.

CCTV footage shows McClarren placing the shop owner in a head-lock and using what was later found to be an imitation firearm to repeatedly hit him over the head.

The shopowner’s injuries required hospital treatment.

When police carried out a search of the scene, officers found the imitation firearm, which had broken into pieces as the suspect was using it to hit the victim.

Forensic officers discovered fingerprint marks and DNA belonging to McClarren around the till and on the imitation firearm.

Detective Constable Johnny Baker, who investigated the case, said:

This was a very violent and horrific attack on a member of the public who was working alone in the shop. The Flying Squad will always robustly pursue and bring to justice all those who engage in armed violent crime and I hope that the sentence can bring some comfort to the victim and help him to move on from what must have been a terrifying ordeal.



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