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Gang jailed for 30 years after Cheshire jewellery raid

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Four robbers have been jailed for a total of 30 years for a jeweller raid and police pursuit.

The gang stole watches from Moodys Jewellers in Nantwich in July after smashing the shop's window, Staffordshire Police said.

More than 20 officers and two helicopters pursued the gang who kept on driving even after one of their group appeared to fall from their van.

The men were jailed at Warrington Crown Court.

Image caption The robbers smashed the shop window

Police said the men, who are all from the Manchester area, forced a hole in the window of the jewellers in Pillory Street, on 27 July, before stealing watches and making off in a vehicle.


The sentences the gang received

  • Lewis Chalmers, 27, of Oswald Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, admitted robbery, aggravated vehicle taking and two counts of affray and was jailed for nine years
  • Patrick David Massey, 26, of Pegwell Drive, Salford, admitted robbery, aggravated vehicle taking and two counts of affray and was jailed for nine years
  • Darren James McAndrew, 32, of Edlington Walk, Newton Heath, admitted robbery and aggravated vehicle taking and was jailed eight years
  • Joseph Anthony Schofield, 20, of Dob Brook Close, admitted robbery, dangerous driving and two counts of affray and was jailed for 48 months

A police helicopter search lead to their arrests near the M6 in Staffordshire.

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Image caption The gang stole a number of watches in the raid

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