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'Most wanted' criminal Cedric Brown facing long jail term

2013-03-09 14:17:23

Cedric Brown

One of Britain's 'most wanted' criminals, who sparked a huge manhunt after stealing a car with two little children inside, is facing a lengthy jail sentence.

The one-year-old boy and girl, aged two, were taken in Erdington, Birmingham, after Cedric Brown threatened their mother with a knife and dragged her out of her Ford Focus.

Police arrested the fugitive - wanted for questioning over a violent Bristol burglary - a mile away after a car chase. The youngsters were unharmed and returned to their distraught mum about 15 minutes later.

Two other men were arrested during the terrifying drama on April 3 last year, which began when police were called to an attempted burglary in Slade Road, Erdington.

Minutes later three men were spotted running from a Purple Toyota. Officers chased the men along Somerset Road, and Brown, 45, dragged the mum out of her car and sped away.

More than 30 officers flooded the area before Brown was arrested.

The criminal had been featured in a BBC Crimewatch programme in 2009 following a break-in at a farmhouse near Bristol.

He faced trial at Birmingham Crown Court where it was alleged he was one of two men who broke into the property, stabbed a stable owner and threatened his wife.

Yet Judge Stuart Rafferty QC directed a jury to find Brown not guilty of aggravated burglary and wounding with intent, after ruling there was insufficient evidence to prove he was one of the attackers.

Brown, of no fixed address, had previously admitted charges of possessing an offensive weapon and robbery in relation to the Birmingham car jacking.

Judge Rafferty adjourned sentence until April 5 for reports to be prepared, but warned he faced an indeterminate sentence.

He said: "You have a bad record. This is a serious offence in itself involving, as it does, innocent members of the public and you trying to flee from the police armed with a weapon. I am bound to consider dangerousness."

Brown was remanded in custody.

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