newsagents burglars jailed after £7,000 raid
sentences totalling more than 23 years were imposed this week on
five burglars who raided GW Hurley newsagents in Burnham-On-Sea,
plus a Co-op store in Gloucestershire and led police on a dramatic
high speed chase.
of the gang carried out the burglary
at Burnham-On-Sea's GW Hurley store last November and the sentences
passed on them at Gloucester Crown Court on Wednesday (November
8th) covered that offence too.
Jamie Tabor QC heard that in each of the raids the burglars got
away with more than £7,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco.
the Co-op store in Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire raid, police
chased the gang's getaway car, which reached speeds of 120mph and
four of the men jumped out of the car and ran off in different directions
after the car's first crash they were all arrested thanks to evidence
found at the scene by police dogs - and also because of high-tech
the dock were: Keiran Maguire, 27, of Hazleton Close, Gloucester,
Malachi Headman-Cook, 27, of Linden Close, Cooper's Edge, Brockworth,
Thomas Townsley, 27, of Tuffley Avenue in Gloucester, Miguel Richards,
27, of no fixed address and Lee Thomas, 39, of Tuffley Avenue in
who admitted taking part in both burglaries and was on a deferred
sentence for an earlier burglary, was jailed for seven years.
who took part in the Bourton burglary only but then tried to pervert
the course of justice by persuading him to give a false alibi, was
sentenced to four years.
who took part in both raids, was jailed for four years and three
of three years jail was passed on Bourton getaway driver Thomas
who admitted that burglary and also pleaded guilty to dangerous
driving. He was also banned from driving for three years.
Maguire, who admitted the Burnham burglary but denied taking part
in the Bourton raid - but was convicted by a jury by a 10-2 majority
after a trial this week - received a total sentence of five years
Philip Warren said that on 2nd November last year Colin Morris,
owner of GW Hurley in Burnham-On-Sea, received a call to say his
alarm had gone off. He got to the shop and found it had been broken
into and £7,600 worth of tobacco products had been stolen.
was not insured for the loss and the business had been badly hit
as a result, he said.
Warren said the three burglars - Headman-Cook, Maguire and Townsley
- were caught thanks to police being able to track all their mobile
phone signals from Gloucester to Burnham and back. Their car number
plate was also picked up by automatic recognition machines en route.
Bourton on the Water raid took place on Dec 6th last year and the
five man gang used the same VW Golf car but this time without number
plates. About £7,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco were
stolen in the raid.
on patrol nearby spotted the car at 1.35am and began following it
on the A436, said Mr Warren.
Thomas driving, the car reached high speeds, executed dangerous
overtaking and undertaking manoeuvres and went through red lights.
In North Cerney, the car went out of control and crashed and the
four passengers all jumped out and ran.
managed to get going again and the chase resumed. At one stage he
made a 'near suicidal' undertake of two lorries alongside each other.
He then crashed through a gate and into a field of sheep as he tried
to make a turning near Duntisbourne Leer.
Warren said when the men fled the car after the first crash various
clothing and other items were thrown away but they were later found
by two police dogs and DNA from the defendants was found on them.
Richards contacted his girlfriend and got her to lie for him, saying
he had been with her all that night. She has since been jailed for
three months for that offence.
Warren said all the men had criminal records. Headman-Cook had fifteen
previous convictions, including four for robbery and three for burglary.
Ricards had 13 convictions, threee for robbery, and is currently
on parole from a ten year sentence imposed in 2011 for a knife attack.
had made 18 previous court appearances for a total of 31 offences.
had 39 previous convictions for 99 offences on his reford and Maguire
had made 21 past court appearances including for wounding and burglary.
Fridd, for Headman-Cook, said he knew he had let the judge down
by not keeping out of trouble after he had the chance of a deferred
sentence for a Shurdington house burglary last year.
was in a bad place when he committed these offences," Mr Fridd
said. "He had turned to alcohol, gambling, the roulette tables,
and he needed money."
Richards, Mark Sharman said: "He is thoroughly ashamed."
referred the court to reference letters which spoke of the good
side of Richards - helping an animal welfare charity.
Townsley, Joe Maloney said he was supported at court by his mother
got involved in this after losing his job as a driver," he
Linehan, for Thomas, who is a dad of three, added: "He was
particularly low at this time. His relationship had ended, his grandmother
had passed away, he had lost his employment and he had reverted
to misuse of Class A drugs and alcohol."
Linehan described Thomas as a 'Jekyll and Hyde' character.
Fridd, for Maguire, said that since the start of this year he had
turned his life around and was trying hard to keep away from crime
- much at the behest of his girlfriend, who herself has a good job.