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Jewellery gang jailed for series of armed robberies

Two of the robbers in a shop in Antwerp
Image caption The robbers took large quantities of jewellery in 16 months of raids, the Metropolitan Police said

Thirty people have been jailed for 33 armed robberies in shops in England and one in Belgium.

There was a raid almost every fortnight over a 16-month period in 2009 and 2010, Kingston Crown Court was told.

Groups of robbers dressed in overalls and balaclavas used weapons including sledgehammers, a gun and knives to force their way into stores.

The jewellery they stole were valued at more than £3.5m, the Metropolitan Police said.

Jewels were taken from shops in London, southern England, the West Country, East Anglia and Antwerp.

The gang also stole motorcycles from dealerships, tying up staff while they loaded bikes into stolen vans.

These were later used as getaway vehicles in other raids, police added.

The five "masterminds" were convicted of more than 40 offences between them:

  • John Chambers, 35, of Bromley, Kent - he was jailed for nine years nine months for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • James Stewart, 28, of McKenzie Court, Fairmeadow, Kent - he was given 14 years for 10 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Billy Johnson, 28, of Sturdy Road, Peckham, south London - he was sentenced to 10 years eight months for three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and seven counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • His brother Danny Johnson, 29, also of Sturdy Road, Peckham - he was jailed for 11 years four months for four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and four counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Anthony Bado, 28, of St Clements Road, Bournemouth - he was sentenced to 12 years for four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to steal

Twenty-five other people were imprisoned:

  • Albert Bado, 50, of Eltham, south-east London, was jailed for nine years four months for five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to steal
  • Caroline Bado, 32, of Greenwich, south-east London was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for a year, for handling stolen goods
  • Frank Bishop, 31, of Walworth, south-east London, was given eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Kevin Cook, 28, of Wiston Road, Hackney, east London, was given seven years for three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Funda Drummonds, 19, of West Norwood, south London, was sentenced to three and a half years in a young offenders' institute for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Lee Fairbank, 31, of no fixed address, was given 15 years for five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Jason Fergus, 28, of Nunhead, south London, was sentenced to eight years eight months for conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to steal
  • Grant Findlay, 24, of no fixed address was given seven years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Malcolm Hambleton, 63, of Abbey Wood, south-east London was sentenced to three years for conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Mark Hardy, 25, of St Clements Road, Bournemouth, was sentenced to eight years for four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Tony Hough, 21, of Brockley, south-east London, was jailed for 11 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and one robbery
  • Hassan Ibrahim, 20, of Nunhead was given four and a half years in a young offenders' institution for two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Terry King, 35, of Eltham was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Olawale Korodo, 20, of Forest Hill, south London, was given 17 months in a young offenders' institution for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Sean Leo, 37, of no fixed address, was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • David Martin, 34, of Blythe Vale, Catford, south-east London, was given eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Sean Nammock, 29, of Notting Hill, west London, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Andrew Peterson, 24, of Eltham, was sentenced to 10 and a half years for robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Aaron Phillips, 22, of Lee, south-east London, was jailed for eight years for three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to steal
  • Richmond Prepah, 29, of Mottingham, south-east London, was sentenced to six years for conspiracy to burgle
  • Lee Rawlings, 29, of Bromley, Kent, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Charles Sadler, 22, of Woolwich, south-east London, was jailed for 11 years for six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of conspiracy to burgle and one count of conspiracy to steal
  • Michael Stephenson, 23, of East Dulwich was sentenced to four and a half years for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Aaron Stillwell, 26, of Eltham was given six years eight months for conspiracy to commit robbery
  • Daniel Tait-McKenzie, 20, of East Dulwich was given seven years eight months for two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary

As well as those sentenced this week, another 21 gang members were jailed separately between 2008 to 2010.

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