Robbers who carjacked mum and drove off with screaming kids in the back are jailed

Carjackers Ryan Fraser (left) and Andrew Hall (Image: West Yorks Police / SWNS)

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A pair of robbers who carjacked a foster mum and drove off with her three children screaming in the back have been jailed.

The woman tried to cling on to her car as Ryan Fraser, 27, and Andrew Hall, 34, sped off, a court was told.

She had been attacked outside a hairdressers in Leeds in October last year after she had stopped her car.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Leeds crown court that the horror incident had affected her family.

She said her youngest child "can't get them nasty men out of my mind".

And she added: "My life changed on that day. They have affected my life more than I thought possible."

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The woman said the incident has changed her life
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CCTV showed the woman being dragged to the ground and pulled across the pavement Fraser as he shouted threats and abuse.

The youngsters were allowed out of the car a short distance away and the vehicle was later found torched in another area of the city.

Fraser pleaded guilty to robbery, kidnapping and arson and was jailed for six years and five months.

Hall who pleaded guilty to robbery, was jailed for five and a half years.

Judge Neil Clark said: "The degree of force (Fraser) used and the nature of the threats were extreme.

"When one sees her being pulled physically across the pavement, it is clear that Fraser had no regard for her well being.

"He did that at a time when it would have been obvious that there would have been children in the car."

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Judge Clark commended the mum for the bravery she showed in trying to stop the robbers.

Prosecutor Kitty Colley said the three children witnessed the attack and screamed in fear.

Fraser then got into the driving seat and Hall walked around the car and got into the passenger side.

He told the children to "shut up" before stopping a short distance away where they left the car.

Witnesses heard Hall telling Fraser to pull over to let the children go.

The youngsters were found in a distressed state at the side of the road, the court heard.

Fraser and Hall then enlisted the help of two women, Rachel Barrow, 29, and Nicole Swain, 23, to get rid of the car.

The vehicle was found burnt out near to Rothwell Labour Club later that day
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The vehicle was found burnt out near to Rothwell Labour Club later that day, close to the homes of the defendants.

Swain, of Rothwell, pleaded guilty to arson and was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

She was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to complete ten rehabilitation activity requirement days.

Barrow, of Rothwell, pleaded guilty to arson.

She was given a three-month sentence, suspended for two years.

She was also handed 150 hours of unpaid work with ten rehabilitation activity requirement days.

The court heard Fraser had previous convictions for burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.

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Hall had previous convictions for conspiracy to commit robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Sean Smith, for Fraser, said his client was sorry for what he had done and wanted to apologise to the family.

The court was told Fraser had taken cocaine when he carried out the attack.

Robin Frieze, for Hall, said his client was also remorseful and had not been aware of the level of force used by Fraser against the woman.

Lawyers for Swain and Barrow said the women had been pressured into helping Fraser and Hall get rid of the vehicle.

After the case, Detective Sergeant Ni Khan, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: "This was a horrific event.

"Thankfully incidents like this are isolated and rare but it must have been very distressing for the victim who saw her three young children driven away – I can only imagine how scared and worried she was for their welfare.

"Thankfully they were found safely a short time later.

"A thorough investigation into the offence was carried out by Leeds District Crime Team and Hall and Fraser now have time inside to consider the consequences of their actions."

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