Two jailed for raid on Beverley jewellers

Kevin Smith (left) and Jack O'Neil Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Kevin Smith and Jack O'Neil (right) were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court

Two men have been jailed for their part in a robbery at a jewellery shop.

Kevin Smith, 22, and Jack O'Neil, 19, were sentenced to 12 and nine years respectively after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rob Guest and Philips Jewellers in Beverley in August 2013.

Watches worth about £200,000 were stolen in the raid.

Smith, of Thorne Road, Stainforth, South Yorkshire, and O'Neil, of Haigh Gardens, Leeds, were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Smith also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle in relation to a series of burglaries in South Yorkshire.

Det Sgt Mike Gotch, of Humberside Police, said: "Our investigation highlighted both Smith and O'Neil conducting a reconnaissance of the jewellers prior to the robbery.

"The sentences handed out today should serve as a stark warning to the criminal fraternity that this sort of criminality will not be permitted and the police will always investigate these crimes effectively and robustly and, working with our partners in the criminal justice system, will ensure the offenders are brought to justice."

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