Armed robber has sentence slashed

A member of a robbery gang which was responsible for a raid in Eastbourne has had his sentence slashed by top judges.

Terry Sullivan, 25, was part of a gang which targeted convenience stores in Sussex, Kent and Lincolnshire – including a McColl’s store in Eastbourne.

He admitted conspiracy to rob and carry an imitation firearm and was jailed for five years and four months at Maidstone Crown Court last December. But this week, Sullivan, of Ernest Road, Chatham, saw the sentence cut to four years by judges at the Court of Appeal.

Mrs Justice Simler said that, although he was a ringleader, Sullivan’s sentence was shorter than some of the others because of help he gave to prosecutors. The gang struck in 2011 and 2012. They targeted small shops, storming in wearing masks and carrying weapons and then taking cash.