Foiled bank rob­bers jailed for 24 years

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

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

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