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Two Tameside men jailed for string of robberies
Monday 8th May 2017 @ 10:44 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw News

Two men from Tameside have been jailed for a string of robberies across Greater Manchester.

Paul Smith, from Ashton (pictured above, right), and Sean Heyes, from Denton, have been sentenced along with eight other men from the Manchester area.

Smith, 29, of Keswick Avenue, was jailed for 10 years, while Heyes, 27, of Leaford Avenue, was jailed for five years at Manchester Crown Court.

They were involved in numerous robberies at jewellery shops, supermarkets and houses between June 2015 and June 2016 as part of an organised crime group.

Often, the group responsible would brandish weapons while carrying out their robberies and sometimes, dressed in a disguise to dupe the unsuspecting victims.

After months of enquiries, police believe they benefitted from £150,000 in cash and £100,000 worth of jewellery in total.

Detective Constable Matthew Whittaker, of GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “We can finally say these men are off the streets of Greater Manchester and unable to cause any more damage or detriment to the community for their own selfish gratification.

“We will continue to dismantle organised crime groups and make it impossible for those who make a living from committing crimes to operate, no matter how versed in police tactics they believe themselves to be.

“Thanks to information from people in the community and our partners, we can make sure we are one step ahead of criminals like these and bring them to justice.”