A man has admitted to a series of robberies at bookmakers in south London after he was tracked down after giving his name to a railway ticket inspector.

The offences took place in Sutton, Lee, Norwood and Crayford between April 4 and April 24.

Brett Mullan, of Wellington Street in Gravesend, appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, April 26.

News Shopper: CCTV on Lee railway on April 13CCTV on Lee railway on April 13

He was remanded in custody to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, June 6, where he pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery and five counts of possession of an imitation firearm.

He will appear for sentencing at the same court on Monday, August 1.

The linked series of armed robberies at the bookmakers were investigated and officers found that the suspect was travelling to and from the offences via rail.

CCTV was obtained.

Mullan was stopped on a train by a railway revenue ticket inspector as he made his way to the second offence in Burnt Ash Road on April 13, and provided his real name.

From there police gathered footage of each offence, and of Mullan leaving from and returning to his home address.

He was arrested by Flying Squad officers on April 25, after leaving home, and charged.

Detectives searched his home address and found a collapsible walking stick.

After checking CCTV, it was discovered this was what he used to resemble a shotgun by concealing it within a carrier bag.

News Shopper: CCTV footageCCTV footage

A total of £2,780 was stolen over the course of the robberies.

Detective Constable Carl Stallabras, Flying Squad, said: "Mullan terrified members of the public and staff at the bookmakers who were going about their normal lives when he demanded cash and made threats of serious violence.

"Those people feared for their lives.

"But a simple mistake on his way to the second offence was all we needed to track him down, and from there the wealth of evidence we obtained left him no choice but to plead guilty."

The offences took place in:

High Street, Sutton, on Monday, April 4

Burnt Ash Road, Lee, on Wednesday, April 13

Burnt Ash Road, Lee, on Monday, April 18

High Street, Norwood Junction on Saturday, April 23

Crayford Road, Crayford on Sunday, April 24

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