Lancashire

Four jailed for £250,000 robbery at Blackburn jewellers

Wayne Williams, Tarique Jules, Cleon Perry and Scott Raphael
Image caption Wayne Williams, Tarique Jules, Cleon Perry and Scott Raphael

Four men from London have been jailed for their part in a £250,000 armed robbery on a jewellers in Lancashire.

They were sentenced to between six years and 12 years for the robbery on the Ancient and Modern Jewellers in Blackburn on 8 July 2009.

Tarique Jules, 30, and Wayne Williams, 36, were jailed for 12 years, Cleon Perry, 33, received nine years and Scott Raphael, 24, was given six years.

A fifth man is due to be sentenced for his role in the robbery on 15 November.

Shaun Springer, 30, of Northway Road, Croyden, will be sentenced at Kingston Upon Thames.

Three men threatened staff with a crow bar and a hammer before making off with watches and other jewellery in the raid.

Lancashire Police worked with a number of other forces, in particular the Metropolitan Police, to identify and arrest Perry, from Tulse Hill, South London, Raphael, of no fixed abode, Jules, of Lucorn Close, London, Williams, who lives in Fairlawn Park, London and Springer.

Det Insp Neil Ashton, who led the investigation, said the convictions show "that if you come into Lancashire to commit crime you will be subject to a thorough investigation and may face a lengthy prison sentence".

He praised members of the public from Blackburn who assisted with the investigation and added: "Their role in providing vital information and evidence throughout the case was crucial in securing these convictions."

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