TWO robbers have been jailed for 12 years each for their roles in seven terrifying armed raids on jewellery shops and banks, including one in Long Eaton,
Although the raid on Santander in High Street on August 25 failed, Kiiam Kirby and Sam Hall, both 22, were in a gang who brandished a fake gun and sledgehammers as they snatched jewellery and cash worth £831,860.50 during several other robberies.
Leeds Crown Court heard on Monday how Kirby, of Beeston, West Yorkshire, and Hall, of Holbeck, smashed the door into the bank after it had closed but left empty-handed.
They went on to target stores across West Yorkshire.
After the case Det Chf Insp Simon Beldon said they were dangerous criminals who threatened staff and terrified innocent members of the public.