Thugs all had a string of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions

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THE three robbers, all from Old­ham, were high on drink or drugs at the time of the raid and all have strings of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Nathan Ri­ley, 19, of Longfel­low Cres­cent, Sholver, was handed six years and eight months in a Young Of­fend­ers In­sti­tu­tion after he also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing an imi­ta­tion firearm and rob­bery over a raid at a nearby shop a few hours be­fore the raid at the Cones.

Paul Boyce, 28, of Mardale Close, Greenacres, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Drug ad­dict El­liott How­ells, 23, of Macken­zie Walk, Sholver, was out of prison on li­cence for a six-year jail sen­tence at the time of the rob­bery.

He was jailed for eight years.

Det Con Kate Daw­son said: “Th­ese three men sub­jected a cou­ple in their sev­en­ties to a truly terrifying and trau­matic or­deal. It is un­think­able to be awo­ken in your own bed and con­fronted by masked in­trud­ers point­ing a gun at you and threat­en­ing to shoot you. This cou­ple were ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied and had no idea whether they would be killed or not. It is the sort of heinous crime that will leave them with emo­tional scars for a long time.”

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