Thug handed ex­tra time in jail af­ter los­ing ap­peal

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A ‘DAN­GER­OUS’ thug jailed for his part in a violent armed rob­bery plot has earned him­self an ex­tra four weeks in jail – for wast­ing top judges’ time.

Christo­pher Reuben, right, was jailed for 17 years at Manch­ester Crown Court in March along with ‘greedy’ pals An­thony Gough and Lee Tansey. The 32-year-old, of Wi­gan Road, Ash­ton-in-Mak­er­field, Wi­gan, was also or­dered to serve an ex­tra four years on li­cence af­ter his re­lease af­ter be­ing branded a ‘dan­ger’ to the pub­lic. Reuben, Gough and Tansey tar­geted banks and jew­ellers across the north be­tween 2016 and 2017.

Po­lice said the gang were ‘fu­elled by greed’ and be­came ‘ar­ro­gant in the fact they were never go­ing to be caught’. They put metic­u­lous plan­ning into their crimes, dis­guis­ing them­selves as builders in a white van so they could ‘hide in plain sight’.

In one ter­ri­fy­ing raid, gun­men pounced on two women as they ar­rived for work at a jew­eller’s in Rossendale, grab­bing one of them by the throat and push­ing her against the wall. Armed with a hand­gun and a sawn-off shot­gun, the thugs fled with more than £200,000, us­ing a get-away Chrysler driven by a third man.

Mr Jus­tice Ni­col, sit­ting with two other ap­peal judges, said his ap­peal was ‘wholly with­out merit’ and took the rare step of or­der­ing that 28 days al­ready served should not count to­wards his min­i­mum term.

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