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Gang members jailed for robberies in Bristol and Cheltenham

Carl Picken, Nicholas Davis and Vanessa Coates Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption From left to right: Carl Picken, Nicholas Davis and Vanessa Coates

Three members of a criminal gang have been jailed for robbing shops and blowing up a cash machine in Bristol and Cheltenham.

Carl Picken, 25, Nicholas Davis, 38, and Vanessa Coates, 24, were given sentences ranging from 20 months to four years and two months.

At Bristol Crown Court they were convicted of conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to burgle.

Two other members of the gang were sentenced at an earlier hearing.

  • Carl Picken of Cuthbert Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to four years and two months
  • Nicholas Davis of Bideford Crescent, Bristol, was sentenced to two years
  • Vanessa Coates, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 20 months

Police said the offences, which were committed in 2014, were "significant both in the threat they caused to the public and in the economic harm suffered by the victims".

More than £18,000 was stolen in the cash machine robbery.

A pawnbrokers and car showroom were also targeted by the gang and watches worth more than £100,000 were also stolen in a raid on a jewellers.

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