Robber jailed for six years

Kyle Furlong
Kyle Furlong

A WIGAN robber who held up a pizza deliveryman before making away with his car has been jailed for six years and two months.

Kyle Furlong was one of two men involved in the terrifying ambush earlier this year.

The 22-year-old, of no fixed address, and an accomplice held up their victim after a fake telephone order had been made for food to be delivered to an address in Manchester.

The pair fled with money, the car and the food but Furlong was arrested when he was caught in the getaway vehicle in Wigan.

Furlong pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle-taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified but not guilty to robbery.

His trial was transferred from Manchester Crown Court to Bolton where a jury subsequently found him guilty.

The court heard how, on April 21, a telephone order was placed to Italian Express on Higher Cambridge Street in Manchester at 11pm for delivery to an address on Ascott Walk in Salford.

The delivery driver drove his green BMW to the address. The occupant answered the door but said he had not placed an order.

The telephone number that had been used to place the order was contacted and the person changed the house number to next door where there was no answer.

Two men then approached the driver. One held something to his back, threatened him and demanded money and car keys. The other man was standing in front of him, holding a large kitchen knife.

They both drove off in the BMW and took the food with them too.

On Aprill 22, the stolen BMW was spotted by police officers in Wigan near Wallgate railway station.

The driver of the BMW drove directly at two police officers and collided with a police car and scraped along a wall causing extensive damages to the police car and the BMW.

The vehicle eventually stopped on Wallgate and Furlong was arrested at the wheel.