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Armed Robber captured by customer in LEEDS

casparwhite Avatar
6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
A customer in a Leeds betting office captured an armed robber who threatened to shoot him, a court has heard.

Judo expert Martin Richardson was in the William Hill bookies in Burley on 28 January when the robbery took place.

Twenty-year-old Azar Sulman pointed his gun at Mr Richardson who then knocked him to the floor with a chair and held on to him until police arrived.

Sulman, of Brudenell Road, Leeds, was sent to a young offenders' institution for six years after admitting robbery.

The judge at Leeds Crown Court also sentenced him to six years for two other robberies and an attempted robbery between November 2009 and January 2010.

The sentences are to run concurrently.


We would like to pay tribute to Mr Richardson for his courage and cool-headedness during what must have been an absolutely terrifying experience
Det Insp Neil Thompson, West Yorkshire Police

The court was told that 38-year-old Mr Richardson, the father of Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Ryan Bailey, could now be in line for bravery awards from both West Yorkshire Police and the Association of British Bookmakers.

Judge Scott Wolstenholme awarded him £250 from the public purse for his public spirited actions.

Mr Richardson had been playing the fruit machines in the bookies when Sulman struck shortly before closing time.

He forced the cashier to hand over money but as he tried to flee his escape was blocked by Mr Richardson.

It was only after the incident that police discovered the weapon used by Sulman was a replica handgun.

Det Insp Neil Thompson, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We would like to pay tribute to Mr Richardson for his courage and cool-headedness during what must have been an absolutely terrifying experience, staring down the barrel of a gun being pointed at him by a masked robber.

"We never encourage members of the public to put themselves at risk by taking on armed criminals but Mr Richardson's brave and public-spirited actions in tackling and detaining this man clearly helped police to take a serial armed robber off the streets and stop him offending again."
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banned#2
Was just going to post this myself. A great feel good story for a Friday :-D
#3
took his chances that the gun wasnt loaded or the guy wouldnt dare use it didnt he?
#4
I'm surprised Richardson wasn't arrested for assault etc etc.
#5
£250 reward for his troubles from the "purse"

whats wrong with william hills giving him a few quid or at least some credit to squander?
banned#6
Typical of Leeds though I have to say :whistling:
#7
Azar Sulman pointed his gun at Mr Richardson who then knocked him to the floor with a chair and held on to him until police arrived.


how long before the criminal tries to do the hero for assault

braver than me, could of been a different story if it were a real gun
#8
master_chief
Typical of Leeds though I have to say :whistling:


what spirited actions?;-)

not taking any crap etc
#9
casparwhite
£250 reward for his troubles from the "purse"

whats wrong with william hills giving him a few quid or at least some credit to squander?


+1
#10
Brave or stupid, what if it had been a loaded gun?
#11
ilovepink
how long before the criminal tries to do the hero for assault

braver than me, could of been a different story if it were a real gun


Could have been, but I'd say he'd have trained for such an eventuality and have several methods of destroying the robbers arm before he could consider pulling the trigger :)

Wish I knew martial arts :(

http://hephaestusaudio.com/media/2008/11/chuck-norris-bruce-lee.jpg
banned#12
casparwhite
what spirited actions?;-)

not taking any crap etc


I would put it that the "good" guy was far from a saint. Probably a local gang member/leader protecting his patch. Sounds much more Leedsesque if you ask me...
#13
master_chief
I would put it that the "good" guy was far from a saint. Probably a local gang member/leader protecting his patch. Sounds much more Leedsesque if you ask me...


hes the father of a leeds rhinos player

this is his son
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39334000/jpg/_39334219_ryan_bailey_203.jpghttp://img.skysports.com/09/02/218x298/Ryan-Bailey-Leeds-Rhinos-Super-League_1890748.jpg
banned#14
Armed robber? Leeds? Tell me it 'aint so!
banned#15
casparwhite
hes the father of a leeds rhinos player

this is his son
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39334000/jpg/_39334219_ryan_bailey_203.jpg


John Terry's father is a model citizen too :whistling:
#16
master_chief
John Terry's father is a model citizen too :whistling:


well he was probably in william hills to put a bet on.........inside information

my point was the guys genetics are BIG put that with no nonsense leeds mentality:)
banned#17
casparwhite
well he was probably in william hills to put a bet on.........inside information

my point was the guys genetics are BIG put that with no nonsense leeds mentality:)


Leeds, even its biggest supporters don't live there :p
banned#18
Q. What's the difference between a Leeds fan and a coconut?
A. One's thick and hairy, and the other's a tropical fruit.

Q: What's the difference between a Pyromaniac and Leeds football club?
A: A Pyromaniac wouldn't throw away all his matches!

Q: What has 70,000 arms and an IQ of 170
A: Elland road every other Saturday.

Q: Why do people take an instant dislike to anyone from Leeds?
A: It saves time

Q: What do you call a Leeds fan in a 2 bedroomed Semi?
A: A burglar

I'm here all week!
#19
JonnyTwoToes
Q. What's the difference between a Leeds fan and a coconut?
A. One's thick and hairy, and the other's a tropical fruit.

Q: What's the difference between a Pyromaniac and Leeds football club?
A: A Pyromaniac wouldn't throw away all his matches!

Q: What has 70,000 arms and an IQ of 170
A: Elland road every other Saturday.

Q: Why do people take an instant dislike to anyone from Leeds?
A: It saves time

Q: What do you call a Leeds fan in a 2 bedroomed Semi?
A: A burglar

I'm here all week!


what now your posting generic jokes?

you should be in the other thread explaining yourself or admitting you were wrong:whistling:
#20
casparwhite
took his chances that the gun wasnt loaded or the guy wouldnt dare use it didnt he?


Your right, it was a bit of a gamble :whistling:
#21
mr.potato_head
Your right, it was a bit of a gamble :whistling:


is the smiley whistley man there because you know its a replica from reading the article?
banned#22
casparwhite
what now your posting generic jokes?

you should be in the other thread explaining yourself or admitting you were wrong:whistling:


17.5% and 3% are the same. I agree with you. You are correct. :roll:
#23
JonnyTwoToes
17.5% and 3% are the same. I agree with you. You are correct. :roll:


wrong thread:)

wrong question/answer:roll:
banned#24
casparwhite
wrong thread:)

wrong question/answer:roll:


Casper, just because you're lacking in something that makes you want to argue with everyone about everything, doesn't mean all of us have to entertain it.

Like I said, have a good weekend - try and chill out a bit. :thumbsup:
#25
JonnyTwoToes
Casper, just because you're lacking in something that makes you want to argue with everyone about everything, doesn't mean all of us have to entertain it.

Like I said, have a good weekend - try and chill out a bit. :thumbsup:


im only asking you to clarify yourself, as for arguing with everyone well thats subjective, if i question someones opinion is this arguing? is defending myself arguing?

youve drawn a simple question out over 3 thread and about 20 posts.........by not answering it

many would see your post as argumentative as well as ignorant and arrogant, but lets not start making this personal eh......its an internet forum:roll:
banned#26
Lilly_White
Brave or stupid, what if it had been a loaded gun?


casparwhite
took his chances that the gun wasnt loaded or the guy wouldnt dare use it didnt he?


mr.potato_head
Your right, it was a bit of a gamble :whistling:


He was interviewed on the news, he said he thought he was about to die as the guy pointed the gun at him so he told himself he wasn't going to go down without a fight.

He was in hospital with a broken arm after a tackle in a rugby game :roll:

Brings a tear to your eye, well mine.
banned#27
casparwhite
im only asking you to clarify yourself, as for arguing with everyone well thats subjective, if i question someones opinion is this arguing? is defending myself arguing?

youve drawn a simple question out over 3 thread and about 20 posts.........by not answering it

many would see your post as argumentative as well as ignorant and arrogant, but lets not start making this personal eh......its an internet forum:roll:


Your questions are loaded. And that is transparent. I'm not attacking you so why do you feel the need to defend yourself?

I have clearly answered your question. VAT is not comparable to GST. GST is not comparable to anything - it is it's own entity.
1 Like #28
JonnyTwoToes
Your questions are loaded. And that is transparent. I'm not attacking you so why do you feel the need to defend yourself?

I have clearly answered your question. VAT is not comparable to GST. GST is not comparable to anything - it is it's own entity.


you are off your nut.......

the question isnt "loaded" its questioning your previous statement ........also im hardly defending myself from you am i? im challenging your opinion on the subject which incidently you have chosen to ignore as you know you are wrong.......


typical egotistical tory pillock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkvWOAJeZmM
#29
JonnyTwoToes
Your questions are loaded. And that is transparent. I'm not attacking you so why do you feel the need to defend yourself?

I have clearly answered your question. VAT is not comparable to GST. GST is not comparable to anything - it is it's own entity.


Take my advice and walk away from the forum thrush.:thumbsup:
#30
moob
Take my advice and walk away from the forum thrush.:thumbsup:


how old are you?

still calling people names from behind your computer screen:roll:
#31
casparwhite
how old are you?

still calling people names from behind your computer screen:roll:


You're not adverse to a touch of name calling yourself.

Take a time out from being so hypocritical for once.:thumbsup:
#32
moob
You're not adverse to a touch of name calling yourself.

Take a time out from being so hypocritical for once.:thumbsup:


ye who throws the first stone and all that jazz:thumbsup:

go be detective or something........prove me wrong
#33
lol I know 'Mr Richardson' :) and find all this news quite funny....tbh I wouldnt break into a shop he was stood in and try telling him what to do....
#34
casparwhite
ye who throws the first stone and all that jazz:thumbsup:

go be detective or something........prove me wrong


Why would I care enough to waste my time? :lol:
#35
I actually think this man was a fool. By tackleing a armed robber he was not only putting his own life in danger but all others in the shop. If the robber had taken a random shot to scare this man away he could of taken out the staff member or another customer in the shop.
#36
moob
Why would I care enough to waste my time? :lol:


because you are still posting in a thread you are not interested in:roll:
banned#37
Shellywelly
I actually think this man was a fool. By tackleing a armed robber he was not only putting his own life in danger but all others in the shop. If the robber had taken a random shot to scare this man away he could of taken out the staff member or another customer in the shop.


Its people like you that should be kicked out of our great country. Seriously....are you serious? You sound Belgian or French....which is it?
#38
casparwhite
because you are still posting in a thread you are not interested in:roll:


Incorrect.

I'm posting in the thread because I know it's annoying you. Just like you do...all the time.
#39
moob
Incorrect.

I'm posting in the thread because I know it's annoying you. Just like you do...all the time.


i love assumptions and wind up posts didnt you know.

i thrive on it, its my energy, its what makes me stronger......

at least have some substance, some venom......something..........anything.....but sadly no, in reality you have nothing:lazy:
#40
casparwhite
i love assumptions and wind up posts didnt you know.

i thrive on it, its my energy, its what makes me stronger......

at least have some substance, some venom......something..........anything.....but sadly no, in reality you have nothing:lazy:


Clearly not or you wouldn't be replying. Man, this is easy - I see why you do it now.

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