A mum has been jailed after she took her baby daughter on a raid on a building society.
30 year-old Tanya Miller acted as the getaway driver and she brought her baby girl, aged just eight months, along for the ride.
Tanya Miller’s daughter was in her car seat in Miller’s blue Ford Focus, with Miller’s lover Barry Doswell, when Kevin Docherty jumped in after a daring raid on Cumberland Building Society in Silloth, Cumbria.
34 year-old Docherty, wearing a hood, threatened a cashier with a 12 inch knife; he said he would kill her and forced her to fill a bag with bank notes. Miller’s lover, 26 year-old Doswell, acted as the back-up man in the robbery, Docherty got into the boot of Miller’s getaway car and the gang fled with £2,900 in cash.
The robbery happened at lunchtime and police responded with road blocks, a helicopter search and a review of CCTV footage.
Miller and Doswell decided to plead guilty to robbery before the start of their trial; Docherty had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
During sentencing, Judge Paul Batty QC said that the member of staff threatened in the raid had been “absolutely traumatised” by her experience. The judge went on to tell the guilty trio: “Each of you played an integral part.”
Miller and Doswell were jailed for six years each and Docherty was received a sentence of seven years and four months.