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East London robber has prison sentence increased

A man jailed in March for nine years following a violent assault has had his sentence increased following an appeal heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday, 24 May.

David Blyth, 30, of Romford Road, E7, was previously sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment and seven years on licence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on, Monday, 4 March. His sentence was increased on appeal to 13 years and six months imprisonment and four years on licence.

Blyth committed 11 offences in a linked series of robberies between July and August 2018 in the Stratford and Forest Gate areas where lone women aged between 26 and 48 were targeted. Most of the robberies were at knifepoint and Blyth usually stole the victim’s vehicle.

Detectives from the North East area’s CID investigated and carried out extensive enquiries including forensics, witness and victim interviews and reviewing hours of CCTV footage.

Blyth was identified as a suspect when he was spotted on CCTV as being a match for the descriptions provided by the victims. He also had previous bad character, having been released from prison on 15 July 2018 where he was serving a sentence for the knife point robbery of a lone woman in a vehicle in 2015.

Blyth was arrested on 4 September 2018. In the police interview, he admitted that the man on the CCTV was him, placing him at the location of a knifepoint robbery.

Blyth was charged with a robbery at Church Road on 6 September 2018. Following further enquiries, Blyth was charged with a further 10 robberies on 25 October 2018.

He pleaded guilty to 10 counts of robbery at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 7 January. He pleaded guilty to an additional count of robbery at the same court on Friday, 1 February.