Grantham rooftop stand-off pair jailed for burglary

Grantham town centre The men set off an alarm while raiding a nightclub

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Two burglars who brought a Lincolnshire town centre to a standstill for six hours after refusing to come down from a rooftop have been jailed.

Dean Hanes, 23, and David Neve, 27, were part of a gang which had been targeting Grantham businesses through skylights and high windows in July.

More than 30 businesses had to close during the stand-off with police following a raid on a nightclub.

The pair were jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting burglary.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the group of four men had targeted five businesses in Grantham town centre between 24 and 26 July by entering through skylights and upper floor windows.

Coins thrown

The stand-off with police started at 06:15 BST on 26 July when the gang set off an alarm while raiding the Vibe nightclub on West Gate.

Two of the burglars climbed down and were arrested but Hanes and Neve remained on the roof.

Hanes, of Winslow Drive, Immingham, threw coins at police and ripped off roof tiles, hurling them at parked cars.

Neve, of Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes, spent most of the six hours sitting down, talking to his girlfriend on the phone.

The prosecution said more than 30 businesses had to be closed during the disruption, losing an estimated £25,000 worth of trade between them.

Hanes and Neve each admitted five charges of burglary and were jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Andrew Donner, 23, of Summerton Road, Immingham and his brother, Samuel Donner, 21, of Ings Lane, Immingham, also admitted five charges of burglary and were jailed for three-and-a-half years after the court heard they were not involved in the stand-off.

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