Henley-on-Thames armed robber Trevor Hayes jailed

A man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for stealing £48,000 in three armed robberies, including raids on a bank and post office.

Trevor Hayes, 46, of Leaver Road, Henley-on-Thames, pleaded guilty in July to eight offences including robbery and possession of a firearm.

Sentencing him at Oxford Crown Court, Judge Risius said the robberies must have been "absolutely terrifying".

Police said Hayes was a "ruthless, violent and dangerous individual".

His partner, Susan Langridge, 48, was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work for money laundering offences.

Hayes pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and one count of arson.

The court heard that on 26 October 2010 Hayes threatened a man with a shotgun in a lay-by on the A404 near Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Image caption Police say Hayes "portrayed himself as a harmless and loveable rogue"

He followed it with an armed robbery in a post office in Checkendon, Oxfordshire on 8 November.

On 3 January he stole a van from a man in a lay-by on the A404 and used it to rob a bank in Watlington, Oxfordshire on 6 January.

Det Ch Insp Joe Kidman, from Thames Valley Police, said: "Trevor Hayes portrayed himself as a harmless and loveable rogue, consistently denying that he was capable of violence.

"These convictions for four incidents in which he has threatened strangers with a shotgun in order to steal from them show that he is a ruthless, violent, and dangerous individual."

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