Two men involved in an armed robbery in Sandiacre had their sentences cut when they appeared at London's Appeal Court. Lawyers for both men claimed they had been "coerced" into crime by a third man who had threatened them and that their jail terms were far too tough and should be reduced. Judge Brown agreed allowing both men's appeals saying, "Insufficient allowance was made for the element of coercion." John Ross Litchfield and Christopher Eyre had originally been sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court last November.
Three men entered the Spa Diamond massage parlour on Derby Road, Sandiacre, in January 2017. Litchfield and Eyre had knives while a third man had a handgun. Threats were made and £1,500, scratch cards and cigarettes were stolen. Litchfield's sentence was reduced to eight years and Eyre's to five years.