‘Violent’ gang attacked police car wearing Scream masks during Derbyshire crime spree

Eleven men who committed more than 50 burglary and robbery offences across the north of England have been jailed for a total of over 116 years.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 12:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 9:57 pm
GMP

The gang members were jailed for up to 16 years at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Armed with machetes, axes and crowbars, they raided homes and businesses in Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, West and South Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The group stole £1.5m worth of items and caused £230,000 worth of damage.

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The court heard how between July 2018 and May 2019, the gang committed a total of 58 burglary and robbery offences, targeting private homes and commercial buildings, and committing up to five offences a night.

They used machetes, sledge hammers and crow bars to force entry, and would use these weapons to threaten both members of the public and police officers when challenged.

Using stolen cars, the group would ram-raid properties in order to gain entry.

On one occasion officers stopped a vehicle for displaying false number plates, unaware that the occupants had just burgled a business. Two men emerged from the car wearing Scream masks and attacked the police vehicle with sledgehammers.

On another occasion, a number of the offenders were detained by officers following a commercial burglary of a chip shop. The co-accused then confronted the officers – brandishing an axe - and assisted the offenders in escaping from the officers.

Eleven men have been jailed as follows:

Kieran Daubney, 29, of Near Birches Parade, Oldham has been sentenced to 12 years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to rob

Peter Clarke, 33, of Elm Road, Oldham has been sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to rob

Ryan Stewart, 36, of Brooklands Drive, Royton has been sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal. He was also found guilty of robbery and conspiracy to rob

Steven Anderson, 39, of Grampian Close, Chadderton has been sentenced to 12 years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to rob

Gareth Robinson, 29, of Border Mill Fold, Mossley has been sentenced to 16 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to burgle, conspiracy to steal and possession of criminal property. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to rob

Matthew Bowers, 34, of Carnation Road, Oldham has been sentenced to nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to rob

Clifton McGowan, 29, of Oldham Road, Failsworth has been sentenced to six years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal

Samuel Locke, 29, of Whetstone Hill Lane, Oldham has been sentenced to six years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal.

Lee Robinson, 36, of Harewood Drive, Royton has been sentenced to five years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal

Carl Burke, 31, of Ashton Road, Oldham has been sentenced to seven years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal

Robert Kelsall, 33, of Timperley Close, Fitton Hill has been sentenced to nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods. He also pleaded guilty to being concerned in supply of Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and possession of criminal property

Two other men will be sentenced later for their involvement with the gang, who stole high-powered vehicles, safes, cigarettes and alcohol.