Shocking footage has been released of the terrifying moments security guards were viciously attacked in a series of armed robberies.
In the first horrific incident, a masked robber can be seen shoulder-barging a security guard to the ground where he is pummeled with punches and kicks.
The victim refuses to let go of the cash box he was transporting during the struggle, and a member of the public rushed to his aid and helped the security worker fight him off.
The chilling incident unfolded outside TK Maxx on Walsall’s Crown Wharf Retail Park on February 21, last year.
Adrian Treleven, 26, the attacker, fled the scene in a stolen Ford S-Max driven by his accomplice Remelle Stewart.
Three days later, another guard had just made a cash collection from the Toby Carvery on Chester Road North in Sutton Coldfield when he was grabbed from behind and shoved onto the ground by Treleven.
The victim held onto his cash box and managed to punch his attacker in the face. Treleven raised his fists to fight the victim, as Stewart closed in in the getaway car.
Treleven shouted: “Drop the box!” When the victim refused, he ran to the car and shouted to the driver: “Run him over! Run him over!” Stewart drove at the victim, who jammed backwards on to the van’s safety ledge before the car hit the van and striking his leg.
The men drove off as the victim, who said he had never been so afraid for his life, used the cash box to hit out at the car.
A body-worn camera also caught the moment Treleven lunged at a third security guard with an 18-inch machete as he was transporting money.
The victim was struck several times before the 26-year-old robber fled the scene empty-handed in the back of a silver getaway car.
Police have said the victim suffered a deep scratch to his arm during the incident at the Co-op on Stafford Road in Huntingdon, Staffordshire, on March 10.
An investigation by West Midlands Police’s force priority’s team pieced together the movements of the pair using CCTV and mobile phone data, and they were later arrested.
At Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (January 11), Treleven, 26, of no fixed address, was given 14 years after admitting conspiracy to rob.
Stewart, 18, of Church Vale, Handsworth, was jailed for four years after admitting the same charge. He was said to be under the control of Treleven, and was just 17 at the time.
Det Sgt Tom Frenchum, from the Force Priorities Team, said: “This was an appalling series of attempted robberies which left the victims in real fear for their lives.
“You can clearly see that as each attempt failed, they were becoming more and more desperate and so were resorting to increasing levels of violence.
“People working in the cash transport industry do a really important job and should be able to go about their work without being attacked, and these sentences reflect that.”