After almost 30 robberies across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, an armed gang has been jailed for over 50 years. Between May and November 2019, six men robbed a number of businesses across the region and made off with thousands of pounds worth of goods.
The first offence took place on 12 May 2019. The men entered a store in Cheshire and threatened the staff with a machete and a hammer and, stole cash. After the first incident, the crime group continued to their robberies that also include other criminal activities.
Detective Sergeant Richard Castley, from GMP’s SOCG, said: “This was a series of terrifying incidents that saw staff members and members of the public in their own homes assaulted and scared for their lives – some of them still haven’t returned to work and are some are still recovering from their ordeal.”
“Staff were threatened with machetes and knives, dragged along the floor and manhandled. A family were targeted in their own address, assaulted and threatened with machetes and were fearing for their lives.”
“The members of the public targeted by these offenders were simply doing their job to serve the public in their local shop or were in their home addresses when they were confronted with this masked gang armed with weapons.”
All members of the crime group were sentenced at Manchester Crown Square. Detective Chief Inspector Clare Coleman, from Cheshire Police, added: “As a result of the excellent work conducted by the dedicated team of detectives from Cheshire Constabulary, along with the work of our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, this crime spree has now been brought to an end.”