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Alarming footage in which a pickup truck smashes into a jewellery shop has been shown to a jury as five men stand trial.

The mobile phone recording of the incident, which happened on March 3 of last year in broad daylight, went “viral” at the time.

The video shows a white Toyota Hilux reversing at speed into Daanyal Jewellers, Birmingham, for the second time.

A member of the public throws a bag at the vehicle before a man, dressed head to toe in black with his face covered and hood pulled up, runs up the street holding an axe repeatedly shouting “what” to witnesses observing the scenes.

Moments later, one witness can be heard asking whether anyone has called the police.

At that point the axe man re-emerges, again repeatedly shouting “what” as he runs down the road in the direction he arrived.

By this stage the shop alarm can be heard in the background.

A few seconds later the Hilux drives off with a piece of shop debris falling from its roof as it speeds away.

A black Land Rover Discovery follows closely behind with the rear registration plate falling off the back as it passes the shop.

It has now been shown to a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, where the men on trial deny conspiring to rob the jewellers, reports Birmingham Live.

Prosecutor Benjamin Close, opened the case on Monday, January 23.

He said: “This is a case about an armed robbery to a jewellers on Ladypool Road in Birmingham on March 3 last year.

“It took place in a busy area which you will know if you know it, in broad daylight at a little after midday.

“Jewellery stolen value approaching £300,000 which remains missing.

“Footage was captured by members of the public on mobile phones and uploaded to the internet and went viral on social media.

“It follows nobody is going to disagree a robbery took place and five men physically participated in it.

“The Crown say those five men have been correctly identified as these five defendants who you are trying.”

He told the court the raiders used a Toyota Corolla and Land Rover Discovery to block both sides of Ladypool Road while the Toyota Hilux ram-raided the shop.

The prosecutor said the robbers abandoned the Corolla at the scene as they drove the other two vehicles to nearby King Street, where they left them behind and got into an Audi TT and BMW 420.

All cars involved were said to be stolen and on false registration plates.

The defendants are Justin Boylan, aged 51, of School Acre Road, Shard End, John Gourlay, aged 49, of Pershore Road, Selly Oak, Trevor Leek, aged 44, of Southgate Road, Birmingham, Hassan Zulfiqar, aged 26, of Kinver Croft, Birmingham and his cousin Arfan Latif, 38, of the same road.

All five have denied conspiracy to rob and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon – the axe and sledgehammers.

Gourlay has admitted an offence of theft for stealing the Toyota Hilux around a fortnight earlier, by taking the keys from the owner’s locker at a gym on Kingsbury Road.

He has also accepted he committed fraud by using the owner’s bank card in a Co-op shortly after, as well as converting criminal property by taking a gold bangle to the Jewellery Quarter where it was melted down, shortly after the robbery. Leek denies a count of theft in relation to a motor vehicle.

The trial continues.





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