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Gang behind spate of armed robberies jailed for more than 30 years.
Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ 14:16 by Anna Fletcher
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Hyde News

A gang behind a spate of armed robberies where guns and other weapons were used to terrify shopworkers were sentenced yesterday (Mon 15 June).

42-year-old Paul Turner from Hyde pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery encompassing seven different robberies across Greater Manchester at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.


Paul Turner.

Meanwhile David Connor, 39, from Ashton was sentenced to nine years 8 months after admitting to the same charges.


David Connor.


Yan Tingle, 36, form Denton pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to six years and four months in prison.


Yan Tingle.


Peter Dentith from Longsight was sentenced to six years and four months and Rebecca Kelly also from Longsight pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was given a 12 month suspended sentence.


Peter Dentith.


Between November 2013 and May 2014 officers from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit and the Stockport East Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces to investigate a series of linked robberies across Greater Manchester.

Turner and Connor pleaded guilty to their part in a conspiracy to carry out seven violent robberies across Greater Manchester, many of which involved shopworkers being threatened with pistols, axes or crowbars.

These included violent robberies at the post offices in Greenfield and Diggle as well as a robbery at Prag’s Jewellers in Marple.

Detective Constable Mark Dunnington said: “In varying degrees, this gang were responsible for a string of violent and intimidating robberies that left a number of shopworkers absolutely terrified.

“Unless you yourself have been threatened at gunpoint and had the weapon pressed to your head it would be impossible to know how frightening that is, and that is why it is such a good result to have identified these violent criminals and put them behind bars.

“I hope these convictions send out a powerful message that we will not allow organised criminal gangs to laud it over innocent, law-abiding people and shopworkers and that we will target anyone involved in this type of criminality, whatever their involvement.

“Local shops are the lifeblood of our communities and we will use every available weapon we have at our disposal to bring to justice those who either subject shopworkers to such wanton violence, or those who help offenders try to cover their tracks.

“I want to assure people we will continue to target these criminals and I would encourage anyone who is a victim or who has information about this type of criminality to come forward, speak to us, and we will give you support and protection and bring these people to justice.”