Robbers jailed for 11 years

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TWO men have been jailed for a combined prison sentence of more then 11 years following a series of robberies – one of which was in Daventry.

Shaun Martin, 35, from Darwin Walk, Northampton, and Daniel Bage, 29, of no fixed abode were sentenced on Monday at Norwich Crown Court for a series of robberies across Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

They raided the Tesco Express at Wimborne Place on the Ashby Fields estate on Friday, June 22 last year and The Co-op in Hunters Way, Brixworth, a month later.

The pair robbed a total of eight stores across the county including ones at Northampton, Towcester and Kettering. All of the raids took place between April and August 2012.

They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and Martin was jailed for four- and-a-half years while Bage was given aseven year sentence.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector David Giles, from Suffolk Police, said: “Today is the culmination of a lengthy police investigation over nine months and across three counties and I am pleased with the sentences handed down by the judge at court.

“The robberies had been meticulously planned and executed at stores, often in remote locations.

“Bage and Martin formed part of an organised crime group who had clearly researched their crimes and went to great lengths to carry out the robberies and secure their escape.

“For shop staff to be confronted by people threatening them while brandishing weapons must have been terrifying for them.”