Glemsford post office raid: Three men jailed for conspiracy to burgle
Three men have been jailed for a series of burglaries - one of which ended with a Suffolk village postmaster throwing water over them.
Alan Loveridge, 47, Steven Allum, 28, both from Suffolk, and Michael Smith, 29, from Norfolk, admitted conspiracy to commit burglaries.
They were sentenced to between four and five-and-a-half years at Ipswich Crown Court.
The water incident happened in Glemsford last year.
The postmaster there also confronted them with a hockey stick before they drove off with an empty cash machine.
The three men also admitted, separately, to their involvement in conspiracy to burgle several other premises last year.
These included raids on the Mace Store at Peasenhall, Suffolk; the Barn Brasserie and an industrial unit at Great Tey near Colchester in Essex; and the post office at Pulham Market in Norfolk.
Allum, from Debenham, was jailed for four years, Loveridge, from Great Cornard, for five years and Smith, from Ellingham, for five-and-a-half years.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Ch Insp Caroline Millar said: "Loveridge, Allum and Smith were an organised crime group who posed a significant threat and had a huge impact on businesses in rural communities across a wide geographic area and people living locally nearby.
"We welcome the sentencing which follows a lengthy and detailed investigation involving forces from across East Anglia."