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Man who dressed as woman in jewellery robbery attempt jailed

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A would-be robber who disguised himself as a woman in a botched attempt to raid a jewellers has been jailed.

Ryan Valentine, 39, donned a long black wig and skirt when he threatened staff at the shop in Leatherhead, Surrey.

He and accomplice Raymond Price, 45, were bundled out of the premises by two staff members who had refused to hand over any cash or jewellery.

Both men were jailed at Guildford Crown Court after they admitted possessing an imitation firearm.

Valentine, of Carlton Road in Walton-on-Thames, managed to flee the scene but was arrested two days later at Gatwick Airport as he tried to board a plane to St Lucia.

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Image caption Valentine not only left the shop empty-handed, but also lost his wig during the scuffle with staff

He was jailed for six years on Thursday.

Staff and members of the public managed to detain Price, of Thamesmead in Walton-on-Thames, until police arrived. He was jailed for 45 months.

Paula Jones, 29, of Grenside Road in Weybridge, was jailed for 15 months for assisting an offender.

Det Sgt Joe Easterbrook praised shop staff, who "refused to be intimidated by the suspects and showed tremendous bravery."

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Image caption Ryan Valentine and Raymond Price, both of Walton-on-Thames, pleaded guilty to possession of a imitation firearm

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