Ashton under Lyne Jewellery shop ram raid gang jailed

Hole in wall A Land Rover was rammed into the back of Rekha Jewellers three times

A gang who admitted ram-raiding a jewellery store to steal about £100,000 of jewellery and cash have been jailed.

Michael Faux, 28, Paul Frater, 28, Lee Sowe, 30 and Jamie Upton, 30 robbed Rekha Jewellers in Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester on 4 October 2013.

A stolen Land Rover was used to smash through the store while the owners were inside, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

The men were sentenced to between six and ten years.

From top left clockwise: Jamie Upton, Lee Sowe, Paul Frater, Michael Faux The gang used three stolen vehicles to carry out the robbery

Greater Manchester Police said the Land Rover Defender was crashed into the back of the shop three times and the four men filled a large sack full of items and cash.

They then fled in a VW Golf, ramming several pursuing police cars. The men then dumped the car and got into a stolen Audi A4.

Upton was arrested on the day of the robbery, with the other three held on a later date.

Det Con Matthew Donnelly said: "These men are prominent members of a notorious organised crime group we had been tracking for some time.

"When you factor in the fact they rammed three police cars in a futile bid to escape, you can see just how little regard for the lives of other people these criminals have."

Faux, of Bank House Close, Worsley, was sentenced to six years and eight months for robbery.

Frater, of Water Street, Manchester, was sentenced to six years for robbery.

Sowe, of Finchley Grove, Manchester, was sentenced to ten years for robbery.

Upton, of no fixed address, was sentenced to ten years for robbery, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

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