Shocking video footage shows robbers threatening pub staff with knives

This is the shocking moment a gang of thieves threatened pub staff at knifepoint.

The three men have been jailed for a total of 45 years for robbing three pubs in Nottingham last summer.

Liam Campbell, Steven Ward and Nathaniel Smith struck three times in just under four weeks before being caught red-handed fleeing the scene of a pub.

On July 24 last year, the three masked men stormed through the fire escape of Brewhouse pub, in Trent Bridge, as employees were leaving at around midnight.

Once inside, they forced two employees to lie on the floor, before threatening the manager with a knife to open the safe. They made off with about £10,000.

The three men were masked and armed with knives (Picture: SWNS)

Two weeks later, on August 9, the trio climbed up the fire escape of Nottingham Knight pub, West Bridgford, and entered through a first floor window.

Once inside, they found their way to the office and put a wet cloth over the manager’s face as she was in the middle of counting the daily takings.

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They threatened her by holding a pair of scissors against her throat and tried to get her to open the safe.

Two of the crooks then punched her repeatedly in the face and assaulted another member of staff before making off with the takings from the till.

The final robbery took place on August 29 at Ferry Boat Inn, Nottingham. The men were arrested after fleeing the scene.

A police dog and handler were sent to track them and they were found hiding in some bushes nearby. Campbell, Ward and Smith, all from Nottingham, were charged with robbery.

Detectives investigating the robberies collected crucial DNA evidence, phone data and multiple witness accounts.

Liam Campbell, Steven Ward and Nathaniel Smith carried out three robberies (Picture: SWNS)

Smith, 31, admitted three counts of robbery and was jailed for 15 years at Nottingham Crown Court.

Ward, 33, and Campbell, 27, were also jailed for 15 years each after a trial.

Detective Constable Steve Fenyn, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’m very pleased that justice has been served for all three robberies.

“No one should have to go to work and be subjected to such violent and terrifying ordeals.

“All of the victims have shown great patience and understanding throughout the trial and I’m glad the jury delivered the verdict they deserve.

“Thanks to a combination of great police work, DNA samples, detailed witness accounts and other various evidence that was gathered, three violent criminals are now off the streets of Nottinghamshire.”