Armed raids on bet­ting shops

Cashiers threat­ened with firearms

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TRIO of armed rob­bers from Hayes have been jailed for hold­ing up bet­ting shops in west Lon­don, Warwickshire and Le­ices­ter­shire.

Ryan Brooks, 32, Benjamin Sealey, 19, and Jor­dan Git­tings, 21, were sen­tenced to a to­tal of 25 years and six months in pri­son at Kingston Crown Court on Fri­day (May 8).

The court heard how the three men stole more than £6,000 from eight book­mak­ers be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2 and 18 last year. On al­most ev­ery oc­ca­sion, one of the men ap­proached the main counter with a shot­gun while oth­ers blocked the front door.

They were tracked down by of­fi­cers from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s Fly­ing Squad, as­sisted by oth­ers from the Le­ices­ter­shire and Warwickshire con­stab­u­lar­ies.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Scott Hart­ley, of the Fly­ing Squad, said: “Git­tings, Sealey and Brooks em­barked on a string of armed rob­beries, be­com­ing more cav­a­lier each time. They con­fronted a num­ber of vic­tims – both work­ers and cus­tomers – who were all left shaken by the in­ci­dents.

“Sev­eral cashiers were di­rectly threat­ened with a firearm pointed at them. We hope that th­ese con­vic­tions of­fer some sup­port to those tar­geted.”

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n ARMED: A CCTV still of the raid in Le­ices­ter­shire

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