Two men are behind bars awaiting sentence after they admitted a petrol station robbery

Shaun Briggs, 39, and James Purdie, 49, pleaded guilty to robbing a woman of cigarettes on August 30. 

The duo also admitted attempted robbery of a mobile phone and a Vauxhall Vectra. 

Briggs and Purdie appeared at Teesside Crown Court via video link from HMP Durham. 

The pair were charged following an incident at Nisa petrol garage, on  Oxbridge Lane, at around 8pm.

(Image: Terry Blackburn)

Eyewitness reports on social media following the incident claimed that two men armed with knives held up the petrol station and were dressed in “onesies with masks on”. 

A woman added that “there was a guy in a white Audi, he spun round and ran them both over”.

However, no further details of the case were outlined during the hearing on Tuesday.

Following the guilty pleas, Paul Green, defending Briggs, of Wembley Way, Stockton, and Michele Turner, defending Purdie, of Wembley Court, Stockton, said they were happy to move to sentence their clients. 76659595577

However, Paul Rooney, prosecuting, asked for the hearing to be adjourned to obtain victim personal statements. 

Judge Paul Watson QC said the victim accounts are “integral” to sentence the duo. 

Briggs and Purdie were remanded in custody until October 8, when it is hoped they will be sentenced.

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