London men jailed for armed robberies

Chaplins newsagents, Chiseldon
Image caption A member of staff was threatened during the raid in Chiseldon

Two men from west London have been jailed for a series of robberies, including one raid in Wiltshire.

Peter Wheeler, 23, from Uxbridge, and Tommy Ellingham, 22, from Hayes, were sentenced at Swindon Crown Court for robbery and firearms offences.

Wheeler pleaded guilty to all 16 offences and was jailed for 15 years.

Ellingham pleaded guilty to 14 counts and was found not guilty of two counts. He was given an eight-year jail sentence.

The raid in Wiltshire took place on 16 January at Chaplins newsagents in Chiseldon where a female member of staff was threatened by the pair.

Wheeler's extended sentence will see him serve 10 years in custody and a further five years on licence.

Sentencing Wheeler, Judge Euan Ambrose, said: "You have progressed from street robberies and armed robberies, you have a long history of class A drug addiction, you are somebody who meets the criteria for dangerousness."

Speaking outside court Det Con Liz Coles said "These men were responsible for a two-week crime wave that not only resulted in the theft of hundreds of pounds, but also included intimidation and threats of violence against the people that they were stealing from.

"Robbery is an extremely serious offence. I hope that the sentences imposed today send a clear message that whether you reside in the county or not, we will use all the resources available to us to put you before the courts and ensure that you are held accountable for your criminal behaviour."

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