Criminals finally off the streets
The final of ten men have been jailed following their involvement in a string of robberies across Greater Manchester.
Between June 2015 and June 2016, police received numerous reports of similar robberies at jewellers, supermarkets and houses.
Often, the group would brandish weapons while carrying out robberies and sometimes dressed in disguises to fool unsuspecting victims.
On 29 June 2015, a member of the public was attacked with a machete and a reported £76,000 was stolen from Aldi on Trinity Street, Bolton.
Royal Jewellers on Wilmslow Road was also targeted with a sledgehammer and a street grid on 12 June 2016.
The group reached inside the window and stole jewellery before fleeing in a stolen BMW with a false registration.
On 15 June 2016, GMP officers stopped a Land Rover on Platt Lane in Moss Side and a number of men were arrested.
After months of enquiries, officers have pieced together evidence to identify an organised crime group.
The group, all from the Manchester area, benefitted from £150,000 in cash and £100,000 worth of jewellery from the robberies.
On Friday 5 May, the final of the ten men were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
Sentenced here were: Christopher Ryder, Trafford (22 years).
Michael Gabriel, Wythenshawe (21 years).
Nyron Brown, Manchester (16 years).
Nicholas Fox, Manchester (18 years).
Caine Williams, Sale (10 years).
Sentenced at an earlier date were: Christian Edwards, Manchester (12 years).
Paul Smith, Ashton-under-Lyne (10 years).
Gary Sullivan, Northern Moor (5 years).
Sean Heyes, Denton. (5 years).
A 33-year-old man was also sentenced to 12 years and eight months.
Detective Constable Matthew Whittaker said: “We can finally say these men are off the streets and unable to cause any more damage or detriment to the community.
“We will continue to dismantle organised crime groups and make it impossible for those who make a living from committing crimes to operate.
“Thanks to information from people in the community and our partners, we can make sure we are one step ahead of criminals like these and bring them to justice”.