Leeds men jailed for £800k robberies

Image caption Hall and Kirkby were "callous and calculated" said Det Ch Insp Simon Beldon

Two Leeds men have been jailed for 12 years each following seven robberies in West Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Kiiam Kirby and Sam Hall, both 22, stole about £800,000 in cash and jewellery during robberies in Otley, Brighouse, Wetherby and Ilkley.

They also tried unsuccessfully to get into a cash machine in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

The men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob at Leeds Crown Court following robberies in July and September 2011.

Kirby, of Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, and Hall, of Recreation Grove, Holbeck, committed a bank robbery in Otley and raids on jewellers in other towns across West Yorkshire.

Det Ch Insp Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police, said the men were "callous and calculated" and threatened members of staff with sledgehammers and occasionally a firearm during the robberies.

Kirby was sentenced to 12 years for conspiracy to rob and Hall to 10 years for conspiracy to rob with a further two years for burglary to run consecutively.

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