Foiled bank robbers jailed for 24 years
TWO robbers whose get-away was foiled by have-a-go heroes have been jailed for 12 years each.
Paul Hughes, 31, and Sean McNeil, 24, were found guilty after a trial of the £20,000 raid of the Poynton branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
A jury at Chester Crown Court heard that as three men fled the bank seven staff from the nearby Appayon Indian restaurant confronted them with mop handles.
The dramatic confrontation was captured on CCTV and showed the robbers being prevented from getting in the stolen getaway car.
The court heard that Hughes and McNeil then fled on foot to Oak Grove and car-jacked Peter Bailo, who was sat in his Renault van, and crashed it into a parked Mini Countryman which had two children inside.
The stolen van was later found dumped near the Deanwater Hotel in Woodford and both men were arrested in a taxi en route to the Trafford Centre.
Hughes, 31, of no fixed abode, and McNeil, of Allerton Road, Liverpool, were both found guilty of two charges of robbery.
Speaking after the sentence, Detective Inspector Claire Jesson, from Macclesfield Police, praised the efforts of the restaurant staff and detectives.
She said: “I am extremely grateful to the witnesses in this case, including members of the public who either tried to prevent the robbers from leaving the bank or who noted and reported key
“I am delighted with the court result and the sentencing of these men for a serious offence for which they rightly deserve a substantial custodial sentence.
“I hope this provides a strong message to those criminals who travel into our force area to commit crime, that the police response to such incidents and the subsequent investigation will always be of a high standard, meaning we will catch them and they will be brought to justice.
A third robber involved in the raid was never caught but Det Insp Jesson said police are determined to arrest him.
Paul Hughes, from Liverpool, was jailed for 12 years
Sean McNeil, from Liverpool. was also jailed for 12 years
Hughes and McNeil were found guilty of robbing RBS at Fountain Place, Poynton