Nine people who admitted committing armed robberies across South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire last summer have been jailed for a total of 36 years.
The group of seven men and two women were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday, 18 July) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
They committed five armed robberies between Sunday, 21 July and Thursday, 8 August, 2013 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
The group targeted One Stop Shop, King Edward Road, Balby on Sunday, 21 July; South Yorkshire Credit Union, Queensgate, Doncaster, on 22 July; Ladbrooks, Queen Maryâ€™s Road, Rossington on 25 July; Antiques & Bargains on Market Place in Doncaster on 29 July and the Post Office, Prospect Precinct, Worksop on Thursday, 8 August. Robert Hamilton, 33, of Shepperd Road, Balby, was jailed for six years and five months for the robberies at Ladbrooks and Antiques & Bargains.
Robert Swaine, 26, of Stanley Square, Kirk Sandall, was sentenced to six years and six months for the robbery at South Yorkshire Credit Union, use of a false instrument to commit fraud, possession of an offensive weapon and driving while disqualified.
Shane Fletcher, 30, of St James Street, Hyde Park, received a five-and-a-half year sentence for the attempted robbery of the Post Office on Prospect Place. Ayrton Bint, 28, of Shepperd Road, Balby, was jailed for five years and six months for the attempted robbery at Post Office on Prospect Place and blackmail.
Daniel Rylance, 30, of Firth Crescent, Rossington, was sentenced to seven years and seven months for the robbery at Ladbrooks and a burglary at Hyperion Way, Rossington on the 5 August.
Daniel Milward, 29, of Smith Square, Balby, was jailed for four years for his part in the robbery at Antique and Bargains, during which he had acted as a decoy. Frederick Teale, 48, of Galsworthy Close, Balby, received a one year sentence for assisting an offender with the robbery at Antique & Bargains.
Hannah Betteridge, 19, of Cartmell Drive, Leeds, and Terri Relton, 26, of New Beginnings, Balby, were both given a 51 week sentence, suspended for two years, for attempted robbery at the One Stop Shop.
They must also complete 150 hours unpaid work and complete a ten day restorative justice programme.
Detective Inspector Alison Griffiths said: â€œThis group of people carried out a series of armed robberies across two counties. â€œThankfully no one was injured during these offences however the experience was extremely traumatic for the members of staff who were the victims.
â€œBeing the victim of a robbery can have a long-term effect and the seriousness of the offence is reflected in the sentences handed to this group of people today. â€œThe public can be reassured that justice has been done and those responsible behind bars and not committing offences in our community.â€
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