Suffolk

Three jailed over Ipswich jewellers robbery

Danny O'Bryan, Charles Onyemelukwe and Benjamin Murphy
Image caption Danny O'Bryan, Charles Onyemelukwe and Benjamin Murphy were convicted earlier this month

Three men have been jailed for between nine and 11 years for their part in a robbery at a jewellers in Ipswich town centre.

Watches worth £80,000 were stolen from Goldsmiths on Tavern Street last June when five men used a sledgehammer and an axe to smash a window and counters.

The three, who are from Essex and London, were found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court earlier this month.

Two other men will be sentenced at a later date.

Benjamin Murphy, 26, a railway worker from Loughton, Essex, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary.

Danny O'Bryan, 22, a mechanic from Bulphan in Essex, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Charles Onyemelukwe, 24, a social worker from Camden in London, was also jailed for nine years for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Motorbike escape

The gang was captured on images from the shop's CCTV and they were photographed with motorbikes outside the store.

Image caption The raiders were captured by CCTV cameras as they entered the shop on Tavern Street

Det Sgt Darren Bruce, from Suffolk Police, said: "The sentencing is a true reflection of the seriousness of this crime.

"This was carefully planned and executed by the offenders and the level of violence used will not be tolerated.

"I would like to thank all those witnesses, including the shop staff and members of the public who came forward to help us secure these convictions."

Last year, two men from London - George Paget, 19, and Dean Armstrong, 20 - pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery in November.

The date for their sentencing has yet to be confirmed.

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