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Armed robbers jailed over Slough bookmakers raid

Alan King and Keith Patrick Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Alan King, left, and Keith Patrick both pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday

Two men who robbed a bookmakers with a firearm and a hammer have been sentenced to 10 years each in prison.

Alan King, 50, and Keith Patrick, 47, both of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery.

The pair stole £500 in cash from a branch of Coral in Slough in December 2015.

In January they attempted to rob Wexham Post Office, but left empty-handed. They were arrested as they fled the scene.

Reading Crown Court heard the two men robbed the Coral bookmakers in Lower Cippenham Lane with a hammer and used a fireman to intimidate staff.

During the attempted post office raid the pair used a sledgehammer to break the security glass and threatened staff with a handgun.

'Violent armed robberies'

King was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the robberies.

He was also given concurrent sentences for possession of an imitation firearm, taking a motor vehicle without consent and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Patrick was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and received concurrent sentences for possession of offensive weapons.

Both men were also given an additional three years' extended sentence on licence.

Det Con Lyndsay Shaw said: "King and Patrick committed violent armed robberies against local businesses in Slough.

"Fortunately, the victims were not physically hurt during the incidents, but the psychological impact of being a victim of crime can be long-lasting."

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