Two men jailed following armed robbery in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 10:21 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 16 February 2017

Mustafa Murteza.

Mustafa Murteza.

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Two men have been jailed for life after they committed a series of violent armed robberies using sawn-off shotguns – including one in Potters Bar.

The offences took place across London and the south-east of England between February 2016 and October 2016, one of which was at Tesco in Mutton Lane on June 7.

Nicholas Wordsworth, 43, of Fiona Court, Enfield, and Mustafa Murteza, 48, of Tollington Road, N7, were sentenced to life imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 10 February.

Wordsworth was ordered to serve a minimum term of seven years and nine months; Murteza was ordered to serve a minimum term of seven years and five months.

The pair were arrested on November 18, 2016, in Bedfordshire, following a proactive investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, which was also supported by officers from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Thames Valley and Sussex Police.

Nicholas WordsworthNicholas Wordsworth

Officers linked together seven armed cash-in-transit robberies that had been committed across London, Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.

In each incident, the suspects wore dark clothing, face coverings and used sawn-off shotguns to threaten security guards to steal cash boxes they were carrying.

The suspects would make off in a vehicle, which they then set alight.

Detectives from the Flying Squad, with assistance from colleagues from other police forces from the Home Counties, identified Wordsworth and Murteza as suspects and further enquiries traced them to Bedfordshire.

A shotgun that was seized when they were arrested.A shotgun that was seized when they were arrested.

With the support of armed officers, they stopped both men in a Honda Accord displaying false vehicle registration plates.

The pair were found in possession of a loaded sawn-off shotgun, a gas-powered revolver, several rounds of ammunition, a stun-gun, a bullet-proof vest, a large hunting knife, masks and a full petrol can.

Both Wordsworth and Murteza pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob; possession of a firearm (sawn-off shotgun) and ammunition with intent to endanger life; possession of an imitation firearm with intent (gas-powered revolver); and possession of a prohibited weapon (stun gun).

Wordsworth admitted carrying out seven offences, as well as planning to commit a further robbery in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

Items seized by police when the pair were arrested.Items seized by police when the pair were arrested.

Murteza admitted his involvement in five of the seven offences, excluding the robberies in Eastbourne and Margate, as well as planning to commit the robbery in Sandy.

*The armed robbery in the footage happened in Green Lanes, London, N13.

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