'Dangerous' Liverpool gang members jailed

Jack Hunter and Jamie Ellis Image copyright Merseyside police
Image caption Jack Hunter and Jamie Ellis had a range of weapons, police said.

Two members of a "prolific and dangerous" gang have been jailed for a series of violent raids.

Jack Hunter, 20, formerly from Anfield, and Jamie Ellis, 24, from Roby targeted the homes of members of Liverpool's Chinese community, police said.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Hunter was sentenced to 16 years for his part in burglaries at the homes of families which included a pregnant woman.

Ellis, the getaway driver in two robberies, was jailed for nine years.

Det Ch Insp Tom Keaton said: "Jack Hunter and Jamie Ellis were part of a prolific and dangerous organised crime group which carried out a string of burglaries, car thefts and cash-in-transit robberies.

"Hunter was part of a group responsible for a string of domestic burglaries both in Merseyside and Worcestershire, in which high-value cars were often targeted.

"Hunter's criminality culminated in a robbery and an aggravated burglary in south Liverpool in which members of the Chinese community were targeted.

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Image caption Jack Hunter was sentenced to 16 years in prison

"The offenders armed themselves with a range of weapons and didn't hesitate to subject their victims to truly horrific ordeals in which they were intimidated and threatened."

Hunter, of no fixed address, was sentenced after being convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at a previous hearing.

Jamie Ellis, of Jeffereys Crescent, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cash-in-transit robberies at an earlier hearing and three counts of handling stolen goods.

Craig Lister, Daniel Challinor and Marlene Currie pleaded guilty to various offences at a previous hearing in relation to the conspiracies and will be sentenced at a later date.

The offences took place between November 2013 and February 2014.