Ram raider David Benyon arrested in Cheltenham swoop
A ram raider from Cheltenham who went on the run rather than face up to a seven-year jail term has been arrested in a dramatic police swoop.
David Benyon, of Compton Road in Cheltenham, absconded from Worcester Crown Court while on bail the day before he was convicted for conspiracy to burgle on July 24 last year.
The 24-year-old used a stolen Land Rover to smash into a Nisa store in Broadway before stealing the cash machine inside.
The incident took place at 3am on May 5, 2009. His conviction included burglary, a theft of a Land Rover, a further attempted theft of a second Land Rover, robbery and the theft of a disc cutter.
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He was sentenced in his absence on August 20 to seven years in prison.
At just before 9am on Thursday morning Gloucestershire Police swooped on a property at Monkscroft Villas, Princess Elizabeth Way, and found Benyon. It was six months to the day after his conviction.
Benyon was arrested and transported to Worcester Crown Court where a judge sentenced him to his original seven years in prison plus a further four months for breaching the Bail Act.
Three other people arrested at the Cheltenham address have since been charged with offences.
A 44-year-old woman was charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty and a 46-year-old man was charged with assaulting a police officer.
A 16-year-old boy was also charged with assisting an escaped prisoner and assaulting a police constable. They have been bailed to appear in front of Cheltenham Magistrates on February 21.