Thomas Cook robbers Luis Cristo and Jamal Joseph jailed

Luis Cristo and Jamal Joseph
Image caption Luise Cristo and Jamal Joseph subjected their victims to 'horrendous ordeals' police said

Two gunmen who stole more than £50,000 in robberies at travel agents and a payday loan shop have been jailed.

Luis Cristo and Jamal Joseph raided Thomas Cook shops in Kent and The Money Shop in Barnet, north London. Cristo also raided a shop in East Sussex.

Both pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing a firearm at an earlier hearing at Canterbury Crown Court.

Cristo, 20, from Brixton, south London was jailed for 15 years and Joseph, 22, from Streatham, for 12 years.

Kent Police said the pair forced their way into The Money Shop on 7 December, punched and kicked a woman employee, threatened her with a handgun then made off with £1,200.

Three days later they threatened two members of staff, one of whom was seven months' pregnant, with a handgun at Thomas Cook in Sandwich, where they stole £20,000.

Image caption A woman was taken to hospital suffering from shock following the robbery in Sandwich

They made off with nearly £9,000 from the Thomas Cook raid in Hythe on 14 December after tying up two staff members and two customers with duct tape and threatening to kill one while they waited for her to open the safe.

At the travel agent's in Hove, East Sussex, Cristo hit a woman cleaner numerous times on the head with a gun before getting away with more than £26,000.

The haul from the four raids was in various currencies as well as holiday vouchers and travellers cheques.

Cristo was arrested on board a plane about to fly to Portugal from Gatwick Airport on 31 December.

He admitted eight charges, while Joseph pleaded guilty to six.

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