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Jail term increases for London burglary gang

Four members of a burglary gang have had sentence increases imposed on them by Court of Appeal judges.

The four north Londoners were jailed at Wood Green Crown Court in August for conspiracy to commit burglary.

Scott Logan, 23, of Westcroft Close, Cricklewood, had his sentence upped from five to eight years.

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with two others, agreed with Attorney General Dominic Grieve their original sentences were "unduly lenient".

'Terrifying violence'

Michael Edgar, 22, of Heronsgate, Edgware, had his sentence increased from three years four months to four-and-a-half years, Kane Franzese, 21, of Bell Lane, Hendon, had his sentenced upped from three years two months to five-and-a-half years, and Charles Johnstone, 24, of Iverson Road, Kilburn, from three years three months to five-and-a half years.

Lord Judge said that in two of a number of well-planned and organised raids the gang - who carried out domestic burglaries "mob-handed" to steal "high value" property - had used "terrifying violence" on householders.

Lord Judge said: "Young as they were, there is no avoiding it - this was a gang of professional burglars.

"Apart from wearing helmets and balaclavas and so on, the very fact that so many went into these premises was part of the design to intimidate and frighten if anybody happened to be in the house."

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