Armed robbers who raided three houses in Sheerness on the same afternoon were jailed for a combined total of 10 years


Two armed robbers raided three houses in Sheerness in the afternoon, stealing money and a moped – and holding a knife to the face of a victim.

The couple had planned the series of attacks, one of which left a mother of two so traumatized that she suffered 12 panic attacks.

Alfie Spain. Photo: Kent Police

Her husband, Harry Enright, later revealed: “I really thought I was going to be stabbed in my own house.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I don’t know if I will ever get over it emotionally.”

Now a judge has jailed one of the men for six years and a second has been taken into teenage custody for four years.

Recorder Janet Bignall QC said the account of the father of two young children who witnessed the knife and the death threats was a “scary read”.

Freddie Hanratty, 20, of Gosterwood Street, and Alfie Spain, 26, of Czar Street, both in Deptford, have admitted a plot to rob three houses in Sheerness in March this year and possess knives.

Freddie Hanratty.  Photo: Kent Police
Freddie Hanratty. Photo: Kent Police

Prosecutor Amy Nicholson said the couple planned their trip to Sheerness and raided homes in Alexander Road, Victoria Street and Queens Way and even filmed part of the trip on their cellphones.

She told Maidstone Crown Court how a man in Alexander Road saw his neighbor running towards him holding a long-handled dustpan and wearing a ripped top.

“It appeared to the man as if he had been stabbed and saw a four or five inch wound,” she said. “The neighbor shouted at him: ‘Take a knife, take a knife. There are people in my house!'”

A man wearing a balaclava was then seen at his neighbor’s window and the man called the police. The two thieves were then seen holding knives, she added.

Police then discovered CCTV which surprised Hanratty and Spain near the Rose Cafe in High Street, Sheerness, and exiting a car.

“While inside they smashed four cell phones, stole £ 200 in cash and stole the keys to his moped, which they then stole.”

Later, another head of the household reported that two men, armed with knives, broke into another house on Victoria Street, wearing black gloves and demanding “grass and money”.

Ms Nicholson added: ‘While inside they smashed four cell phones, stole £ 200 in cash and stole the keys to his moped, which they then stole.

“They also ordered the victim to empty his pockets.”

Police later received a call from a woman about two men riding a moped in Hartlip Close and they believed they were drug traffickers.

At 5 p.m. the same day, the men went to Harry and Siana Enright’s home and forced their way inside.

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court
The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

“They told Siana to sit down and Harry was told to go to the kitchen, followed by Hanratty who asked for money,” Ms Nicholson said.

Harry explained that he had no money but offered an X Box and a credit card, at which point Hanratty pulled out a 10-12 inch black knife from his belt and took it. held in Harry’s face.

“Spain, who was wearing a balaclava, then started rummaging in the closets.

“Hanratty then said to them, ‘If you call the police, we’ll come back and kill you.'”

Bravely, as the two fled, Ms Enright called them out and as they turned, she photographed them three times.

Her husband added, “I’m still in shock. These men broke out in front of my wife and young children.

“I am now afraid to answer my door. Siana and I have become paranoid. She suffered 12 panic attacks as a result of the incident.

“And my kids, who are three and six, asked me every day ‘Are the thieves coming back?’ It breaks my heart.

“I really thought I was going to be stabbed in my own house. I really couldn’t believe what was happening to me. I don’t know if I will ever recover emotionally.”

Spain was jailed for six years and Hanratty was sent to a young offenders institute for four years and the two were ordered to stay away from the Enrights for five years.

The judge told Hanratty that he cast his former good character “in a dramatic fashion that afternoon.”

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